Tharbos Seeds (Water Melon Seeds):
Botanical name: Citrullus lanatus
Family: Cucurbitaceae (Pumpkin family)
Tamil Name: Tharboos
Common Name: Watermelon
Watermelon is an annual herbacious vine with long (up to 10 m) stems lying or creeping on the ground, with curly tendrils. Leaves are 5-20 by 3-19 cm, and hairy, usually deeply palmately lobed with 3-5 lobes. Leaf stalks are 2-19 cm long. Male flowers on 1.2-4.5 cm long pedicels. Flowers 1-2.5 cm long, pale green. Flowers monoecious, solitary, on pedicels up to 4.5 cm long; with 5 shortly united petals, pale green. Fruit of wild plants 1.5-20 cm in diameter, nearly spherical, greenish, mottled with darker green; of cultivated plants up to 30×60 cm, spherical or ellipsoid, green or yellowish, evenly coloured or variously mottled or striped.
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