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Published In: Essai sur l'histoire naturel des courges 7, 12–15. 1786. (Essai Hist. Nat. Courges) Name publication detail

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Type: Holotype: Described from a cultivated plant (presently not traceable), Neotype: melopepo fructu maximo albo. Tournefort, Inst. 1:106, t. 34. (1700) (C. Jeffrey, l.c.).
Distribution: Distribution: Probably South American in origin. Cultivated throughout India and Pakistan and elsewhere.
Map Location: C-7 Rawalpindi Dist.: Khanna, R.R. Stewart 16544 (RAW); Chirka, Khalt c. 5 miles from Shigoi toward Thundro, A. Ghafoor & Z.L. Butt 652 (KUH); 5 miles from Nathiagali on way to Abbottabad, 6.7.1977, Kamal Akther Malik & M. Qaiser 142 (KUH).


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Annual. Leaves shallowly 5-lobed or subentire, coarsely hairy on both surfaces with hispidulous soft hairs, margin densely and minutely dentate. Petiole hairy, not pungent. Flowers faintly scented. Calyx lobes linear. Fruiting peduncle circular, striated, corky or spongy, not expanded at the attachment. Fruit generally oval or rounded, bluntly ribbed, large, upto c. 2 m in diameter; flesh yellow or reddish when ripe. Seeds white, brown or bronze, strongly margi¬nate.
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