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: 21 genera and 54 taxa.

Momordica foetida

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

Acanthosicyos Welw. ex Hook. f.Description, Image
Citrullus Schrad. ex Eckl. & Zeyh.Description, Image
Coccinia Wight & Arn.Description, Image
Corallocarpus Welw. ex Hook. f.Description, Image
Ctenolepis Hook. f.Description, Image
Cucumella Chiov.Description
Cucumis L.Description, Image
Cyclantheropsis HarmsDescription, Image
Diplocyclos (Endl.) Post. & KuntzeDescription, Image
Eureiandra Hook. f.Description, Image
Kedrostis Medik.Description, Image
Lagenaria Ser.Description, Image
Luffa Mill.Description, Image
Momordica L.Description, Image
Mukia Arn.Description, Image
Oreosyce Hook. f.Description, Image
Peponium Engl.Description, Image
Raphidiocystis Hook. f.Description, Image
Telfairia Hook.Description, Image
Trochomeria Hook. f.Description, Image
Zehneria Endl.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Cucurbitaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cucurbitaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Cucurbitaceae
Wikipedia: Cucurbitaceae

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: Family page: Cucurbitaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=65, retrieved 9 February 2023

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