Cucumis melo

Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany

Cucumis melo L.


  • Cucumis callosus (Rottler) Cogn. Cucumis acidus Jacq..
  • Melon
  • Musk Melon
  • battikh asfar بطيخ أصفر
  • bittikh بطيخ
  • melafefon meshulash
  • מְלָפְפוֹן מְשֻׁלָּשׁ


  • Batha
  • Phrygana
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Cucumis melo L.

System/State Traditional
Activity / Interpretation
Preparation/ Administration
Parts Used

Skin freckles

Freckle remover

Prepare compress from grated seeds. (Admin. not specified.)

Seed Z
Kidney & Urinary Tract



Grind seeds, extract (? infuse) in water & drink after warming liquid.

Seed Z
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Regulate renal function


Eat seeds.

Seed Z

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Cucumis melo contains curcurbitacins, the bitter principal of curcurbit triterpenes. Similar in structure to cardiac glycosides they can produce similar effects. Ripe fruits are most poisonous for domestic animals including cattle & sheep. Fruits of cultivated species of the Cucurbitacea family including melons have been cultivated to become free of cucurbitacins. Intoxication in humans by the bitter principal can cause acute pharyngeal oedema, dyspnoea, dysphagia, drooling & vomiting. Avoid in pregnancy, lactation & with allergy to melons.