Need help with Melon identification

sprandiniJuly 8, 2009

Actually, I'm not even sure if it's a melon! Any help would be appreciated.

-Seth

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jeannettemae77(7)

It looks like a watermelon plant from what I can tell

    Bookmark   July 8, 2009 at 1:22PM
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catman529(6b)

The leaves don't seem to resemble any watermelon I've seen. But this plant is most likely a cucurbit and therefore related.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2009 at 2:15PM
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jeannettemae77(7)

After looking around a little more online it could actually be a pumpkin plant but being that small it's hard to tell. I've seen watermelons with foliage that looked like your pic and then I've seen watermelons with the alternative foliage that you see if you do a search on Google. Looking through different pics of pumpkins though - it seems there isn't much variation in leaf shape. Did this plant flower at all this year?

Here is a link that might be useful: Pumpkin Pictures

    Bookmark   July 8, 2009 at 3:07PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

It looks like a European cantaloupe (Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis). They are similar to North American ones but don't have the netted skin. They also have orange flesh.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2009 at 9:29PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

Forgot to add, they are also called Charentais melons.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pics

    Bookmark   July 8, 2009 at 9:31PM
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sprandini

Thanks everyone for your help! This plant has only been growing for about a month. And yes, it did flower and is still flowering. It just started growing in my community garden plot without me planting it. I'll keep you posted.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2009 at 12:40PM
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sprandini

I wish it was a Charentais melon, only thing working against that theory is that these are not round, they're football shaped.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2009 at 12:47PM
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