A bigger fruit looks like frost will get it before it gets to mature.
Flowers on Bitter Melon on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos, Ecuador, December 2004
Bitter Gourd in flower in Queensland, Australia, September 1995
Bitter Melon - 蔓茘枝 tsuru reishi in Japanese and 苦瓜 kǔ guā in Chinese
Bitter Melon seedling waiting for warmer weather so it can be planted outside.
The yellow flower of La_Kwa. Among pink Mandivella's for sizes comparision.
Yellow Flower begins to bloom this time of year.
Newly formed La_Kwa fruit where the flower petals still intact.
A week-old fruit.
Bumble bee pollinates La_Kwa's flower.
Ripen fruit ready for harvest for seeds. Fruits sold on Asian Market are usually harvested when green prior to this stage for texture and flavor.
Fruits and flower, pix taken today. 7/9/2011 An annual vine. Seed can be saved for next year crop.