University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:

Cantaloupe (Cucumis melo, Reticulatus)

The plant vines along the ground. Leaves are rough and lobed, similar to cucumber, but not as angular. Fruit is round to oval, sometimes ribbed, sometimes with a netted surface and has interior seed cavity. The edible flesh is orange. Flowers are bright yellow. The female flower is identified by the ovary below the petals. The male flower is held on a longer stem and does not develop a fruit. Seed is similar to cucumber seed, but a little larger and more orange in color. Honeydew is a variety of cantaloupe with smooth skin and pale green flesh.