Citrullus Schrad.

Citrullus is a small genus of three to five species, native to the tropics of Africa and parts of Asia. Some species are grown for their edible fruits (incl. Citrullus lanatus; watermelon) and are economically important.


Jørgensen P.M. & Whitehouse C.M. (1997) Citrullus. In: Cullen J. & al. (eds.), The European Garden Flora, vol. 5. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 293.

Nesom G. (2011) Towards consistency of taxonomic rank in wild/domesticated Cucurbitaceae. Phytoneuron 2011-13: 1-33. [available online at:]

Nesom G. (2015) Citrullus. In: Flora of North America Editorial Committee (eds.), Flora of North America North of Mexico, vol. 6. Oxford University Press, New York: 41-44. [available online at:]

Renner S.S., Sousa A. & Chomicki G. (2017) Chromosome numbers, Sudanese wild forms, and classification of the watermelon genus Citrullus, with 50 names allocated to seven biological species. Taxon 66(6): 1393-1405.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith