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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 8/1/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 8/1/2013)
Genus Momordica L.
PlaceOfPublication Sp. P1. 1009. 1753
Note TYPE: M. balsamina L.
Synonym Amordica Neck., Elem. Bot. 1: 241. 1790. TYPE: not designated. Muricia Loureio, Fl. Cochinch. 2: 596. 1790. TYPE: M. cochinchinensis Lour. Zucca Comers. ex Juss., Gen. P1. 398. 1798. TYPE: Z. commersoniana Ser. Nevrosperma Raf., Am. Monthly Mag. 4: 40. 1818. TYPE: N. cuspidata Raf.
Description Monoecious or rarely dioecious, tendriled, scandent or prostrate vines; stems 5-sulcate. Leaves petiolate, simple or 3- to 9-foliolate; tendrils simple or 2- branched. Staminate flowers in corymbs, racemes, or solitary, axillary; calyx campanulate, cupulate, or funnel-shaped, 5-lobate; corolla 5-lobate, rotate, or campanulate; stamens 3, rarely 2, the filaments free, the anthers connate, the thecas flexuous, forming an irregular head, ultimately free, 1 theca unilocular, 2 thecas bilocular. Pistillate flowers solitary, axillary; calyx and corolla as in the staminate flowers, ovary oblong or fusiform, 3-carpellate, each carpel few to many ovulate, ovules horizontal, the styles 3, connate, the stigmas 3, each bilo- bate. Fruit oblong, fusiform, or cylindrical, indehiscent or 3-valvate, often tuber- culate or echinate; seeds turgid or compressed, the testa smooth, rugose, or rarely sculptured.
Habit vines
Distribution Momordica is a genus of about 60 species native to the Old World tropics and subtropics.
Note Two species, M. balsamina and M. charantia are adventive in the New World tropics and subtropics. The latter species is found in Panama.
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