Citrullus Lanatus, (Afghan, Camel Melon)

Scientific Name: Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai var. lanatus

Citrullus Lanatus, also known as the Afghan melon, bastard melon, bitter apple, bitter melon, camel melon, colocynth, kaffir melon, mickey melon, paddy melon, pie melon, watermelon, white watermelon, wild melon, wild watermelon.


Very closely related to the watermelon which is Citrullus lanatus var. Caffer or Citrullus lanatus var. lanatus. Many people refer to the plant as a paddy melon, but this is a misnomer; the Cucumis myriocarpus (Paddy Melon) has smaller fruit, a denser habit and brighter leaf colour.