Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae: Cucurbitales

Cucurbitaceae - Cucumber family

Jeffrey, C. (1978) Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Climbing or prostrate, annual or perennial, monoecious or dioecious, herbs, less often woody lianes, rarely erect herbs without tendrils. Leaves alternate, palmately veined and often palmately lobed. Tendrils usually 1 at each node, rarely 0. Flowers unisexual, epigynous, axillary. Glandular bract-like "probracts" sometimes present at base of peduncles. Petals usually 5, free or united; corolla usually actinomorphic. Stamens basically 5 but commonly modified; staminodes often present in female flowers. Ovary inferior, 1(-3)-locular. Style with 2 or 3 lobes or styles 3. Fruit a capsule, berry or hard-shelled pepo.

Worldwide: 120 genera and 775 species, mainly in tropical and warm areas, with a few temperate species.

Zimbabwe: 7 cultivated genera and 9 cultivated taxa.

Luffa cylindrica

Links to cultivated genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Citrullus Schrad. ex Eckl. & Zeyh.
Cucumis L.Description
Cucurbita L.
Diplocyclos (Endl.) Post. & KuntzeDescription
Luffa Mill.Description, Image
Sechium P. BrowneDescription, Image
Telfairia Hook.Description

Other sources of information about Cucurbitaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Cucurbitaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Cucurbitaceae
Flora of Malawi: Cucurbitaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Cucurbitaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Cucurbitaceae
Flora of Zambia: Cucurbitaceae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Cucurbitaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cucurbitaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Cucurbitaceae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Cucurbitaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=65, retrieved 9 December 2016

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