Subordinate Taxa
 Nomenclature
Scientific Name:
Citrullus Schrad., Enum. Pl. Afric. Austral. [Ecklon & Zeyher] 279 (1836)
 Description

Annual or perennial, monoecious herbs with running or climbing, hairy stems. Rootstock not tuberous.  Tendrils simple or branched.  Lvs deeply pinnatifid, hairy.  Fls axillary, solitary, yellow.  Calyx deeply 5-lobed.  Corolla deeply  5-lobed, rotate.  Stamens 3;  filaments and anthers free;  connective not prolonged beyond loculi.  ♀ fls with 3 small staminodes.  Ovary with 3 placentae and many ovules; stigmas 3.  Fr. fleshy, indehiscent, smooth, globose to oblong-ellipsoid;  peduncle accrescent.  Seeds numerous, flat and smooth, dark;  margin not raised.

[From:  Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

 Biostatus
Exotic
Number of species in New Zealand within Citrullus Schrad.
CategoryNumber
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
Total1
 Bibliography
Ecklon, C.F.; Zeyher, C.L.P. 1834–1837: Enumeratio Plantarum Africae Australis extratropicae qua collectae, determinatae et expositae. Pt. i, ii (in 1 vol aged contin.).
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.