8591.000 Momordica L.

Description of the genus

Prostrate or climbing, monoecious or dioecious, herbs. Flowers white, cream, yellow or orange. Male flowers often with a prominent bract. Petals 5, free. Stamens 3, two 2-thecous, one 1-thecous or less often 2, one 3-thecous and the other 2-thecous. Female flowers solitary. Stigma 3-lobed. Fruit tuberculate, spiny, winged or ribbed, rarely smooth.

Worldwide: 45 species in the Old World tropics

Malawi: 7 taxa.

Momordica charantia

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
boivinii Baill.Description, Image
cardiospermoides KlotzschDescription, Image
charantia L.N,C,SDescription, Image
foetida Schumach.N,C,SDescription, Image
friesiorum (Harms) C. JeffreyN
kirkii (Hook. f.) C. JeffreySDescription, Image
pterocarpa Hochst. ex A. Rich.N,C,S

Other sources of information about Momordica:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Momordica
Flora of Caprivi: Momordica
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Momordica
Flora of Mozambique: Momordica
Flora of Zambia: Momordica
Flora of Zimbabwe: Momordica

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Momordica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Momordica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Momordica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Momordica
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Momordica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Momordica
JSTOR Plant Science: Momordica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Momordica
Plants of the World Online: Momordica
Tropicos: Momordica
Wikipedia: Momordica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Momordica.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1440, retrieved 16 April 2024

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