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Watermelon

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Watermelon, Citrullus lanatus, is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, and is more  related to squash than the other varieties of melons from the Cucumis family, such as muskmelon.  It is a vine-like herb and its fruits are botanically known as a “pepo,” with a thick rind and fleshy center.

The watermelon originated in the South African Kalahari Desert, which is south of the Tropic of Capricorn; it is, therefore, technically, not a tropical plant.  However, as watermelon is grown worldwide in tropical climates, I’ve mentioned it here as many people assume it is tropical.

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