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Basic Collection Information and Status
Melon (Cucumis melo, Cucurbitaceae)
Cultural Affiliation   Pima
Collection Site   Arizona, United States (latitude: 33°; altitude: 1,000 ft / 300 m)
Collection Year   1984
Accession Status   Active
Catalog Information and Instructions
O'odham Ke:li Ba:soF005
A favorite of Tohono O'odham and Pima low desert farmers. Fruits are casaba type with light green flesh. Very tasty. A staff favorite.
View All 2 Accessions of O'odham Ke:li Ba:so (F005) (this will reset your search)
Current availability of this variety is summarized below. We encourage the use of these seeds to benefit humanity and strive to facilitate access through a number of channels.
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Collection Site
The circle in the map below shows the area where this accession was collected (why isn't the precise locality shown
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The Native Seeds/SEARCH digital photo collection for this accession is provided below.
F02-003 CF12 Fr2F02-003 CF03 Fr1F02-003 CF03 Fr3F02-003 CF03 L2F02-003 CF09 FrF02-003 CF09 S1F02-003 CF09 S2F02-003 CF12 Fr1F02-003 CF12 Fr3F02-003 CF03 Fl2F02-003 Fr
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Characterization and Evaluation
The table below lists observations of this accession's characteristics (why are characters sometimes listed more than once
?For some accessions, observations of a particular trait have been recorded over more than one season or location; these are indicated by the different values in the Lot column.
CharacterObservationLot, Frequency and CommentsCharacter Description (Source and Code)
fruit ribbingIntermediatelot: CF ’03 (Bioversity 4.2.4: 5)
fruit shapeFlattened, oblate, globular (round)lot: CF ’03Unless specified, fruit characters should be measured when fruits are ripe, but not overripe (Bioversity 4.2.3: 2, 3, 1)
fruit surfaceFinely wrinkledlot: CF ’03 (Bioversity 4.2.8: 3)
predominant fruit skin color at maturityLight-yellowlot: CF ’03Predominant colour is the colour, which covers the largest surface area of the fruit. In case the two colours have the same surface area the lighter colour will be considered the predominant one. (Bioversity 4.2.5: 2)
Melon IntroductionCultivation InstructionsSeed Saving Instructions
An early introduction by the Spanish into the Greater Southwest. The fruits are varied, with orange, green or white flesh and skins that are smooth, ribbed or netted skins. A summertime favorite.In the spring after soil warms, or with the summer rains, plant 3-5 seeds 1/2" deep directly in basins, 24" apart with plenty of room for sprawling vines. Melons like soil rich in compost. Overwatering can dilute flavor of fruit.Annual plants are insect pollinated. Male and female flowers form on each plant. Ripe fruits often have a distinct aroma. Remove seeds from cut fruit, wash off fibers, and spread seeds on paper or cloth to dry. Dry thoroughly.
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