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Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai

Watermelon plant

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderViolalesA large group that takes its name from violets
FamilyCucurbitaceaeSquashes, melons, pumpkins, and gourds; name probably from German Kürbiskernöl, “pumpkin”
GenusCitrullusThe Latin diminutive of Citrus, possessing a similar odor and flavor
SpecieslanatusCovered with long, woolly hair

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Citrullus lanatus description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Citrullus lanatus (watermelon plant)

6/26/2012 · By Jacquelyn Boyt


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