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ative Photo: Aarti Khale
Common name: Melon, Muskmelon, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Sugar melon • Hindi: खरबूज़ा Kharbooza • Marathi: चिबुंडा Chibunda, Tarkaddi • Tamil: Thumattikai • Kannada: ಬುಡುಮೆ Budame, ಬುಡುಮೆ Budume, ಮಿಣಕೆ Minake, ಕೆಕ್ಕರ Kekkara, ಕೆಕ್ಕರಿಕೆ Kekkarike, ಹಾಲುಮೆಕ್ಕೆ Haalumekke, ಹಾಲ್ಮೆಕ್ಕೆ Haalmekke, ಹಿರಿಮೆಕ್ಕೆ Hirimekke, ಹೆಮ್ಮೆಕ್ಕೆ Hemmekke, ಗವಾಕ್ಷಿ Gavaakshi, ಗೋದುಂಬೆ Godumbe, ಚಿತ್ರೆ Chitre • Bengali: Kharmuj • Urdu: Kharbooza • Gujarati: તરબૂચા Tarbucha • Sanskrit: मधुफल Madhuphala, व्रट्टकर्कटी Vrittakarkatii • Mizo: Hma-zil
Botanical name: Cucumis melo    Family: Cucurbitaceae (Pumpkin family)
Synonyms: Cucumis pubescens, Cucumis trigonus, Cucumis callosus

Melon is a very popular summer fruit in northern parts of India and an annual climber growing to 1.5m. Melon leaves are oval to kidney shaped with five to seven shallow lobes. Plants produce trailing vines and yellow flowers similar to cucumbers, but flowers may be male, female, or perfect. Fruit is large, and can reach the size of a football, although it is generally more flattened. Several varieties have been developed with varying pulp and skin color and texture.

Identification credit: Aarti Khale Photographed in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

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