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Colocynth (Citrullus colocynthis)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This datasheet is pending revision and updating; its contents are currently derived from FAO's Animal Feed Resources Information System (1991-2002) and from Bo Göhl's Tropical Feeds (1976-1982).


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Common names 

Bitter apple, colocynth, vine of Sodom, wild gourd, coloquinte, bitter melone, koloquinte, tumba, colocíntida, alhandal, coloquíntida


Colocynthis vulgaris Schrad., Cucumis colocynthis L

Related feed(s) 

Dried pulp purgative. Cultivated since time of Assyrians.

Nutritional aspects
Potential constraints 

Dried or minced plants of Citrullus colocynthis in doses of 0.5 to 10 g per kg per day killed goats after dosing for periods ranging from 1 day to 2 weeks.


One report as feed for chicks.

Nutritional tables
Tables of chemical composition and nutritional value 
Datasheet citation 

DATASHEET UNDER CONSTRUCTION. DO NOT QUOTE. https://feedipedia.org/node/594 Last updated on July 29, 2014, 10:27

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