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Balsam apple, Momordica charantia


Family: Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber)

Group: Dicot

Life span: Annual

Origin: North America

Growth form: Forb/herb vine

Climbing vine with tendrils, grows to 16 feet. Leaves are simple, alternate, with 3 to 7 deeply separated lobes. Looks similar to creeping cucumber, but has larger and light yellow flowers. Roots are fibrous with a shallow taproot. Propagation is by seeds.