8622.000 Cucurbita L. - Squashes and gourds

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Herbs, annual or perennial, stem angular, hispid or hairy; tendrils branched, mostly 2-4-fid. Leaves petiolate; lamina ovate, generally 5 lobed, base cordate, hirsute or scabrescent. Inflorescence solitary, shortly pedunculated; flowers large, yellow, lobes 5, subulate, spathulate or leafy, corolla campanulate, shallowly 5-lobed, lobes usually recurved. Fruit fleshy, indehiscent. Seeds many, ovate or oblong, smooth, marginate or emarginated.

Derivation of name: 20 species in tropical America.

Zimbabwe: 3 cultivated taxa.

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maxima (Duchesne) Poir.
moschata Duchesne ex Poir.Image
pepo L.

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Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Cucurbita

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cucurbita
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cucurbita
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cucurbita
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cucurbita
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iNaturalist: Cucurbita
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cucurbita
JSTOR Plant Science: Cucurbita
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cucurbita
Plants of the World Online: Cucurbita
Tropicos: Cucurbita
Wikipedia: Cucurbita

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Cucurbita.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2232, retrieved 30 November 2023

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