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Cucumis myriocarpus: prickly paddy melon

One Word Photo Challenge: Melon
Jennifer invites us interpret the theme in any way we like, so I have.

paddy melon

paddy melon

I haven’t seen these little golf ball sized melons growing in our part of Victoria before – they are common in the drier, hotter parts in the north-west. This is just a little patch of two vines,  the seeds probably came from bird poo. I’ll have to pull them up before long, else they will become an infestation if the weather suits them next year.



Growing on nature strip in front of our house.

Wikipedia says …

Cucumis myriocarpus, paddy melon or prickly paddy melon is a prostrate or climbing annual herb native to tropical and southern Africa. It has small, round, yellow-green or green-striped fruit with soft spines, small yellow flowers and deeply lobed, light green leaves. The melon occurs in disturbed soil and cleared or bare areas, and thrives on summer moisture.

The fruit and foliage are toxic due to the presence of cucurbitacin …

The melon is a weed in Australia and in California, where it may also be known as prickly paddy melon, bitter apple, gooseberry gourd and gooseberry cucumber.

Not to be confused with our pademelon! Picture from Wikipedia.

Not to be confused with our pademelon! Picture from Wikipedia.

Cucumis myriocarpus (paddy melon) is often confused with Citrullus lanatus (the Afghan or camel melon) in Australia, where both species are introduced. Cucumis myriocarpus has many small fruit, hidden under the leaves. The fruit are smaller than a golf ball and green in colour, developing to yellow on maturity. The larger melons commonly seen on roadsides in rural Australia are in fact Citrullus lanatus, a wild relative of the watermelon. The confusion is widespread in Australia, such that in common parlance, the term “paddy melon” is understood to mean the larger green/yellow fruit of the Citrullus lanatus. Children in rural Australia often use the fruit of this plant as an opportunistic source of entertainment, for example by throwing it at each other’s feet.

Paddy and Afghan melons (collectively referred to as wild melons) sometimes occur in mixed infestations in Australia. They vary only slightly in colour and appearance, with the Citrullus lanatus leaves slightly more variegated than those of Cucumis myriocarpus. Fruit size is the clearest identifying factor. However, management of all wild melons is similar, apart from some variation in sensitivity to glyphosate. Mechanical removal of small infestations is the simplest control method, and cultivation at early stages of growth can be effective. Large infestations are sometimes controlled by the spray-graze method, in which plants are sprayed with a sublethal dose of hormone herbicide to make them more palatable to stock, and the area is heavily grazed three days later. Toxicity is managed by making other feed available.

Both wild melon species have a similar unpleasant odor when broken or disturbed. This makes them less palatable to stock, so poisoning tends only to occur when little other feed is available.

The plant occurs in Spain, where it is naturalized and known by the common names of habanera or sandía habanera.



Without hooking up my old hard drive, my acorn photos are the only images bearing any possible hint of melon.

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This photo was taken today (on my Nokia smartphone) for Jennifer’s One Word Photo Challenge: Lemon. I was busy cleaning (at work) when Mr R reminds me that the Lake Eppalock Gold Cup is on this weekend. He insists I come into the other room where he could see a boat from a window. So, grudgingly, I do and am glad I did. I’m amazed. I imagined I was about to see an oversized sleek speedboat, not something shaped like a spacecraft. And then, something about it hits me. Lemon, the boat is lemon! Perfect for Jennifer’s challenge.

After looking at the Victorian Speed Boat Club’s website, I find this ‘boat’ is called HBR, and is a 1.6lt Hydroplane, with a 1.6lt Toyota Twin Cam Engine.

I nearly settled for showing you wattle again, from earlier in the year.


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I hope you like my photos – I’m comfortable with taking selfies, now. I hated it at first. 🙂

I’m pleased to report a break-through with my novel. I know exactly how it is going to end.

Last night, while sweeping out a couple of toilet cubicles at work, the finale suddenly came together in my head. Excited, I  started packing up the car. Then I remembered I still had to clean the workmen’s wash-up sink. I mentioned this to Mr R, and he expressed surprise that I’d cleaned the toilets already. Oops, forgot those too! As soon as I could, I jotted down notes in my phone – not likely to forget, though.  Now I’m confident that I will have my novel ready to publish by the end of the year.

I wonder if I will weaken and try the traditional submission process first – just to see what it will be like to get knocked back. Stephen King racked up lots of rejection slips before he made it. I shouldn’t deprive myself of the experience.