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Coyote Melon at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click to see more.

Coyote Melon

Cucurbita palmata

Family

Cucurbitaceae, Gourd Family

Form

Annual or perennial herbaceous vine

Range

Southern California, southern Nevada, western Arizona, northern Baja California and Sonora, Mexico

Habitat

Sandy places below 4,000 feet elevation; Creosote Bush Scrub, Coastal Sage Scrub, Valley Grassland

Living Desert Location

Coyote Exhibit

Factoid

The three inch wide flowers open before dawn and wilt by late morning.

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