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Melothria pendula

Creeping wild cucumber (Melothria pendula) is a native Florida landscape weed. This vine "creeps" across the forest floor and forms mats, commonly in shady hammocks and shaded areas throughout much of Florida. It's name comes from the plant's distinct 0.75 to 1-inch cucumbers that form when flowers are pollinated.

  • Scientific Name: Melothria pendula 
  • Common Name: Creeping wild cucumber
  • Seasonality: Warm
  • Soil Type: Wet to dry
  • Toxicity: Non-toxic
  • Growth Habit: Vine
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Photos of Melothria Pendula