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Citrullus Watermelon Semanka Cucurbitaceae
 

Citrullus,  Watermelon,  Semanka

 
Citrullus,  Watermelon,  SemankaNative in warmer parts of north Africa and western Asia, the colocynth is now naturalized in other parts of the world, sometimes in very arid regions.
It is a completely prostrate plant, the stems radiating from a tuberous, perennial rootstock.
The deeply lobed leaves are small, under 4 in (10 cm) long, and the yellow and green striped fruits are only about 3 in (8 cm) in diameter.
The intensely bitter fruits yield a drastic purgative which when taken to excess has sometimes proved fatal.
It is believed to be the wild gourd mentioned in the Bible.
Cultivation: Only the watermelon is generally cultivated in this genus, grown in much the same way as pumpkins or cantaloupes.
They require a friable, well-manured soil with good drainage and a long, warm growing season with plentiful irrigation—the longer and hotter the summer the better the crop will be.
Watch for cucumber beetles.

 

Citrullus,  Watermelon,  Semanka

Citrullus,  Watermelon,  Semanka

 

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