Mukia maderaspatana (L.) M.Roem.

Etymology Genus Unknown
Species After Madras, a city in India
Family Cucurbitaceae
Synonyms Cucumis maderaspatanus L., Melothria maderaspatana (L.) Cogn.
Common Names Madras Pea Pumpkin
Status Exotic: Naturalised
Form Climber
Native Distribution Africa, and China down to Australia

Diagnostics:

Mukia maderaspatana is a climber common in urban areas and scrublands. The leaves are cordate with toothed edges, and may be lobed. The entire plant is densely covered by white hairs, giving a rough feel.


Interesting Facts:

The leaves of the Madras Pea Pumpkin is eaten in Indian communities (Petrus, et al., 2011). It is also known to contain anti-oxidative and anti-diabetic constituents.


Climbing form of the Madras Pea Pumpkin.

Leaf.

Tendril.

White hairs.

Flower.

Fruits, ripe and unripe.


References

Petrus AJA, Bhuvaneshwari & Alain JAL. (2011) Antioxidative constitution of Mukia maderaspatana (Linn.) M. Roem. leaves. Indian Journal of Natural Products and Resources, 21: 34-43.
Srilatha BR & Ananda S. (2014) Antidiabetic effects of Mukia maderaspatana and its phenolics: an in vitro study on gluconeogenesis and glucose uptake in rat tissues. Pharmaceutical Biology, 52: 597-602.


Posted Date: 2015-02-01 / Modified Date: 2015-02-01