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Family Curcubitaceae
Pipinong-gubat
Melothria pendula Linn.
CREEPING CUCUMBER

Scientific names Common names
Apodanthera gracilis Benth. Pipinong-gubat (Tag.)
Bryonia convolvulifolia Schltdl. Creeping cucumber (Engl.)
Bryonia filiformis Roxb. Drooping melonette (Engl.)
Bryonia guadalupensis Spreng. Guadeloupe cucumber (Engl.)
Cucumis glaber Walter Little cucumber (Engl.)
Melothria costensis C. Jeffrey Meloncito (Engl.)
Melothria fluminensis Gardn. Wild cucumber (Engl.)
Melothria guadalupensis (Spreng.) Cogn.  
Melothria pendula Linn.  
Melothria pendula L. is an accepted name The Plant List


Other vernacular names
BRAZIL: Cereja de purga.
FRENCH: Melonettes.
SPANISH: Meloncito, Pepinillo silvestre, Pepinito.
SURINAM: Sneki komkomro, sneki-komkoro.

Botany
Pipinong-gubat is a perennial prostrate or climbing vine with thin and smooth stems and coiled tendrils, growing to a length of six feet or more. Leaves are alternate, toothed, shallowly or deeply five-lobed, reaching a length of 5 to 7 centimeters. Flowers are tiny, yellow, with five petals, about 0.8 centimeter wide. Fruit is a tiny, green to black, smooth, and watermelon-like berry, oblong-elliptic, 10 to 19 millimeters long, about 12 millimeters in diameter, with white spots when young, dangling at the end of the pedicel.

Distribution
- Abundant in the Tagalog areas.
- Common vine in forest areas.

Properties
- Leaves smell like cucumber; fruit tastes like cucumber.
- The black fruit considered a drastic purgative.

Parts used
Leaves, tendrils, fruit.

Uses

Edibility
- Young fruits are edible; eaten fresh or pickled. (Purgative use probably associated with ripened black fruits.)
Folkloric
- In Surinam, infusion of tendrils taken as a drink to remedy acidity or sour stomach in children. Fruit is considered a very drastic purgative. (2)
- In Brazil, used as a purgative.

- In Mexico, infusion of plant used for diabetes.

Studies
No studies found.

Availability
Wild-crafted.

Godofredo U. Stuart Jr., M.D.

Last Update January 2016
November 2014

Photos © Godofredo Stuart / StuartXchange

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
(1)
Creeping Cucumber: Melothria Pendula / Green Deane / Eat The Weeds
(2)
Melothria pendula / Medicinal Plants of the Guianas (Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana)
/ Wilderness Explorers
(3)
Amazonian Brazilian medicinal plants described by C.F.P. von Martius in the 19th century / Ulrike B. Breitbach, Michael Niehues, Norberto P. Lopes, Jair E.Q. Fariab, Maria G.L. Brandão /
Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 147, Issue 1, 2 May 2013, Pp 180–189 / doi:10.1016/j.jep.2013.02.030
(4)
Sorting Melothria names / /Maintained by: Michel H. Porcher / MULTILINGUAL MULTISCRIPT PLANT NAME DATABASE / Copyright © 1995 - 2020 / A Work in Progress. School of Agriculture and Food Systems. Faculty of Land & Food Resources. The University of Melbourne. Australia
(5)
Melothria pendula / Synonyms / The Plant List
(6)
Phytochemical Screening and Determination of Antacid Property of Ethanolic Extract of Melothria pendula L. (pipinong gubat) on Sprague-Dawley rats / Jessica Chua

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