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- Common Names
- Moon Melon, Vajo Tempt (Waejir)
- Herbaceous, Vine, Flower, Fruit
- This common cultivar produces large dark green melons with distinct silvery circular patches on their ground-ward surface. The flowers of the moon melon vine are large purple trumpets. The fruit itself has a lavender coloured flesh, and a sweet kiwi-like flavour. The melon contains seeds of red and white colouration. These seeds if eaten are soporific and can induce hallucinations or vivid dreams.
- Tropical through temperate, forests, savannas, plains, or hills.
- Life Cycle
- Annual, flowering in early summer, this vine produces large melon fruit by early autumn.
- A common cultivar popular for the sweet tasty fruit.
- edible (fruit)
- hallucinogen (seeds), soporific (seeds)
- In Waejir, it is commonly believed that the red seeds will bring on bad dreams while the white seeds will bring good dreams.