Cucumis setosus

Cucumis setosus Cogn., Monogr. Phan. 3: 491 1881. ;

Images by Arun Pandey (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links)

Attached are a couple photos of Cucumis setosus from Gujarat, taken by Professor Arun Pandey. 5 images.


On the occurrence, distribution and taxonomy of Cucumis setosus Cogn., an endemic wild edible vegetable from India- K. Joseph John , R. Khedasana, V. A. Muhammed Nissar, Sheen Scariah, Shrikant Sutar, S. R. Rao, M. Abdul Nizar, M. Latha, S. R. Yadav and 1 more - Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution February 2014, Volume 61, Issue 2, pp 345-355 (Abstract - Cucumis setosus Cogn. is a rare, endemic, wild gathered or semi-domesticated vegetable restricted to Maharashtra state and border districts of adjoining states in India. Herbarium and literature survey shows that it is poorly collected and inadequately studied. Morphological characters, basic chromosome number and crossability barriers indicate that Cucumis setosus is a valid species, distinct from C. sativus and endemic to western India. Its morphology, basic cytology, crossability relationship with other Cucumis species, taxonomy, distribution, ecology, conservation, economic importance and viability under cultivation are discussed. Besides, a key to distinguish it from C. sativus var. hardwickii (wild and feral form of C. sativus) and other species having sympatric distribution in the area is also presented. Absence of bitter principle in the fruits makes it a potential germplasm for melon and cucumber improvement as well as direct domestication as a future crop).