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Cantaloupe (Cucumis melo, or Cucumis melo reticulatus), also spelled cantaloup, also called muskmelon, is the common name for a variety of round melon with firm, orange, moderately-sweet flesh and a reticulated beige to light-brown rind. Varieties with redder and yellower flesh exist, but are uncommon, and are not considered to be as flavorful as the more common orange variety. Cantaloupes belong to to family Cucurbitaceae, which includes nearly all melons and squashes. Cantaloupes may range in size from 7-12 cm in diameter, but typically exceed 12 cm in diameter. Specimens larger than 20 cm and weighing several pounds have been recorded. Like all melons, cantaloupes grown best in sandy, well-aereated, well-watered soil that is free of encroaching weeds.


Larger cantaloupes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Violales[?]
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus: Cucumis[?]
Species: melo
Binomial name
Cucumis melo
ITIS 22362 (http://www.itis.usda.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=22362) 2002-09-03

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