Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3


G. R. W. Meadly


Western Australia, Weed control, Paddy melon (Cucumis myriocarpus Naud.)

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The mention of melons brings to mind the many edible types that are cultivated, •*• both for stock food and human consumption. The pig or pie melon is often fed to animals, and is also used for the making of jam, while the related water melon and the smaller rock or musk melon are popular and palatable summer fruits.

The melon group, however, is not an entirely unmixed blessing and several species have become troublesome weeds, besides having some harmful properties.

A third member of the melon group which must be classed as a weed in Australia, is the Paddy Melon (Cucumis myriocarpus), a plant which is more closely related to the cucumber than the pie melon.