Cucumis prophetarum subsp. prophetarum Clypeola aspera
Climbing annual; stems trailing up to 2m in length. Leaves: Alternate, grey/green, on long stalks with 3-5 deep lobes and wavy margins. Flowers: Solitary or in small clusters, with five petals, borne in the leaf axils. Fruit: Young fruit are green and yellow, turning completely yellow with soft spines when mature. Flowering period: Most of the year. Habitat: Throughout Oman, including the offshore islands, Masirah and Halaniyat. Also found in the central gravel desert and at the edges of sandy deserts. Common in wadis, sand and gravel areas. Altitude: up to 1250m. Uses: The fruit is grazed by goats.