Plant ID forum: Need help id'ing vine

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Jun 1, 2014 3:16 PM CST
This vine produces small yellow flowers with bright orange "fruit". It seems to flourish in direct sunlight. Leaves have complex patterns and feel fragile to the touch. We live in South Florida. Please refer to images for specific details.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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Jun 1, 2014 6:58 PM CST
Bitter melon, Balsam apple - Momordica charantia

I used to live there too. Down in zone 10. You really don't want to encourage that stuff, take my word for it.

But please add your photos to the database.
Bitter Gourd (Momordica charantia)
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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Jun 1, 2014 9:50 PM CST
I agree I agree that you should not encourage this to thrive/spread/grow.

Interesting and beautiful, with the proper knowledge it can have medicinal uses, with careful preparation some parts are edible, but it can be toxic if used incorrectly.

This plant is a serious weed in Florida (and other places). Please consider removing the seeds before it can spread; document the life cycle with photographs to assist others on ATP, then remove and destroy the plant.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Betsy
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Jun 4, 2014 9:44 AM CST
I grew up eating bitter melon and I grow them in my garden. Pick them when they are green and stir-fry with chicken or beef with onions or steamed; but you got to get over the bitterness of the melon - My DH loves them. It is really an acquired taste. My neighbor from India grows them in her garden too ( the small pear shape) and the ones I have are longer ~ 4-5 inches.
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