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Seeds of Trade

 
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Product: Melons and Squashes

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   Melons and Squashes belong to the category Food crops
   and originated in these regions: South Asia, The Americas

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MELON

Cucumis melo L. (Cucurbitaceae).

Given its scientific name by Carolus Linnaeus in 1753, the melon was known only from cultivation in Europe at the time.

Native to the Old World tropics; also south-west and central Asia.

Life form: perennial vine.

Parts used: edible fruits; both sweet and vegetable forms occur.

Ploidy level: diploid.

  

Specimen from the Clifford Herbarium at the Natural History Museum, London (Cucumis melo L. - Melon)