Citrullus lanatus

ClassificationDicots
FamilyCucurbitaceae
Family (Traditional)Cucurbitaceae
GenusCitrullus
Species:Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai
Common NameWatermelon
Growth Habitvine - forb
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Natural Area Presence: GILES; Natural Area Presence: LGS; Natural Area Presence: NRG; Duration: Annual; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: vine - forb; Region of Origin: Africa; Reproductive Phenology: June; Reproductive Phenology: July; Reproductive Phenology: August; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: petiolate; Leaf Type: broadleaf; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: Yellow; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Berry; Fruit Wet/Dry: Wet; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Pistil Number: 1; Placentation Type: Parietal; Sexuality: monoecious; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A; Stamen Number: 0
C value N/A
StatusNot Native; AGCP (UPL), EMP (UPL) (NWPL); KY[SNA] (State Rank); GNR (Global Rank)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

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Ecoregions
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim

Synonyms

SynonymFull Citation
Citrullus amarus Citrullus amarus Schrad.
Citrullus vulgaris Citrullus vulgaris Schrad. ex Eckl. & Zeyh.
Citrullus vulgaris var. citroides Citrullus vulgaris var. citroides L.H. Bailey

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Lewis (KY), Lyon (KY), Madison (KY), Meade (KY), Trigg (KY), Carroll (TN), Giles (TN), Henry (TN), Knox (TN), Lauderdale (TN), McNairy (TN), Marion (TN), Montgomery (TN), Stewart (TN), Sumner (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: APSC, BEREA, MEM, TENN

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1960 - 1976

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
BEREA012484 Madison Kentucky
BEREA
Citrullus vulgaris
BEREA012482 Lewis Kentucky
BEREA
Citrullus vulgaris
TENN-V-0208452 Knox Tennessee
TENN
Citrullus vulgaris
TENN-V-0208455 Marion Tennessee
TENN
Citrullus lanatus
TENN-V-0208456 McNairy Tennessee
TENN
Citrullus lanatus
TENN-V-0208451 Carroll Tennessee
TENN
Citrullus vulgaris
APSC0015971 Trigg Kentucky
APSC
Citrullus vulgaris
APSC0058185 Meade Kentucky 02 Oct 1960 Charles Gunn
APSC
Citrullus vulgaris
APSC0015974 Stewart Tennessee
APSC
Citrullus vulgaris
APSC0015970 Lyon Kentucky
APSC
Citrullus vulgaris
BEREA012483 Lewis Kentucky
BEREA
Citrullus vulgaris
TENN-V-0208453 Sumner Tennessee
TENN
Citrullus vulgaris
TENN-V-0208454 Giles Tennessee
TENN
Citrullus lanatus
APSC0015975 Henry Tennessee
APSC
Citrullus vulgaris
APSC0015972 Lyon Kentucky
APSC
Citrullus vulgaris
APSC0015976 Montgomery Tennessee
APSC
Citrullus vulgaris
APSC0015973 Trigg Kentucky
APSC
Citrullus vulgaris
APSC0015969 Stewart Tennessee
APSC
Citrullus vulgaris
MEM018277 Lauderdale Tennessee 14 Sep 1976 Patrick Keiran
794
MEM
Citrullus lanatus
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