|Etymology||Genus||After the Greek name for Bryony|
|Species||Hanging; probably referring to the fruits|
|Synonyms||Apodanthera gracilis Benth., Bryonia convolvulifolia Schltdl.|
|Common Names||Creeping Cucumber, Guadeloupe Cucumber|
|Native Distribution||Throughout America (from USA to Argentina)|
Melothria pendula is a very common sun-loving climber. The leaf margins have sparsely lined with teeth, and are gently concaved. Unlike another similar species Coccinia grandis, the leaves of M. pendula, while variable, are always one-lobed. The yellow flowers are also very minute (about 0.5cm).
The Creeping Cucumber climbing over a shrub at the fringes of a nature reserve.
Note the sparsely toothed margins of the leaf.
Tendrils are coiling.
The yellow flowers are very tiny,
Fruit are small, about 1.5cm long.