Mukia maderaspatana

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  • Botanical Name : Mukia maderaspatana (L.) M.Roem.
  • Synonyms : Cucumis maderaspatanus L., Melothria maderaspatana (L.) Cogn.
  • Common Name : Chanak-Chibhdi, Madras Pea Pumpkin
  • Plant Family : Cucurbitaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 14, 25-27, 29
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Sarita Udyan, Punit Van

About Mukia maderaspatana Plant :

  • Habit : Prostrate or climbing, scabridly hairy, monoecious annual herbs.
  • Leaves : Entire or shallowly 35 angled or lobed, ovate-triangular, seldom subreniform.
  • Flowers : Pale to bright-yellow, male and female in same axil, male pedicellate, female sessile.
  • Fruit :
    • Berries, spherical, glabrous, smooth.
    • Seeds grey or light black, ovoid-oblong, compressed, somewhat wrinkled, scrobiculate.
  • Flowering and Fruiting time : July-October
  • Significance : Found commonly as a wild plant. Throughout , on the hedges or on low herbs or shrubs.