Cucumis is a genus of twining, tendril-bearing plants in the family Cucurbitaceae which includes the cucumber (Cucumis sativus), muskmelons (Cucumis melo, including cantaloupe and honeydew), the horned melon (Cucumis metuliferus), and the West Indian gherkin (Cucumis anguria).

Cantaloupe melon
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Subfamily: Cucurbitoideae
Tribe: Benincaseae
Genus: Cucumis

30 species occur in Africa, and 25 occur in India, Southeast Asia, and Australia.[1] However, Cucumis myriocarpus was introduced to Australia from Sub-Saharan Africa, and is regarded as an invasive species.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Sebastian et al. (2010); Telford et al. (2011)
  2. ^ McLellan, Richard (30 November 2020). "Paddy Melon picking at Hamelin". Bush Heritage Australia. Retrieved 31 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Summer weeds". Agriculture and Food. Western Australia. Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. 24 August 2020. Retrieved 31 July 2021.

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