Creeping Cucumber Melothria pendula Linnaeus  Synonyms: Melothria microcarpa, Melothria nashii, Melothria pendula var. aspera.

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Less than five populations of this endangered plant are known from Maryland. Christopher Frye, the Maryland State Botanist states, "Brown and Brown (Herbaceous Plants of Maryland,1984) indicate that Melothria pendula is adventive; however, Broome et al. (Huntia, v. 7, 1987, p. 83) state that pre-1690 specimens are present in the British Museum of Natural History and that the species was rediscovered, nearly three centuries later as a “weed” on the University of Maryland campus in the 1970’s." The University of Maryland plant is still thriving!

There are 32 records in the project database.

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Creeping Cucumber in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (7/7/2010). Photo by Kerry Wixted. (MBP list)

The fruit of a Creeping Cucumber in Somerset Co., Maryland (9/24/2014). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Creeping Cucumber in Dorchester Co., Maryland (6/12/2019). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Creeping Cucumber in Charles Co., Maryland (9/7/2019). Photo by Port Tobacco River Conservancy. (MBP list)

Creeping Cucumber in fruit in Prince George's Co., Maryland (7/18/2017). Photo by Jeff Schultz. (MBP list)

A Creeping Cucumber fruit in Dorchester Co., Maryland (7/10/2019). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Creeping Cucumber in Worcester Co., Maryland (8/20/2019). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Creeping Cucumber in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (10/9/2016). Photo by John Hall. (MBP list)

Creeping Cucumber found growing wild on the University of Maryland College Park Campus. This plant was found on the campus in the 1970's and is still thriving! Photo by Chris Frye. (MBP list)

Creeping Cucumber in Worcester Co., Maryland (8/20/2019). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)


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