Zehneria marginata (PROSEA)

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Zehneria marginata (Blume) Keraudren

Family: Cucurbitaceae


  • Melothria marginata (Blume) Cogn.,
  • M. affinis King.

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia, Malaysia: kundur tikus, timun tikus, pedendang tikus
  • Thailand: taeng-nu (Kanchanaburi, Chumphon)
  • Vietnam: câù qua.


Thailand, Indo-China, Peninsular Malaysia, Java.


The fruits are edible. Fruits also used as a remedy against coughs.


  • Monoecious climbing herb, up to 4-5 m length.
  • Leaves entire to 3-5-lobed, 6-10 cm × 4-10 cm.
  • Fruit an ellipsoid berry, 1-1.5 cm × 0.8-1.2 cm, red.
  • Seeds numerous.

In hedges, thickets, scrub and forest edges, up to 1200 m altitude.

Selected sources

  • Backer, C.A. & Bakhuizen van den Brink, R.C., 1963 1968. Flora of Java. 3 Volumes. Noordhoff, Groningen, the Netherlands.
  • Burkill, I.H., 1966. A dictionary of the economic products of the Malay Peninsula. 2nd ed. 2 Volumes. Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 2444 pp.
  • Flore du Cambodge, du Laos et du Vietnam (various authors), 1960-. Vol. 1-24. Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.


P.C.M. Jansen, J. Jukema, L.P.A. Oyen, T.G. van Lingen