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Genus Cucurbita Family Cucurbitaceae

Description: Monoecious trailing or climbing herb, scabrous. Tendrils 2–7-branched.

Leaves simple, palmately 5-lobed, toothed, scabrous. Male and female flowers solitary, in the same or different axils.

Flowers mostly large. Hypanthium bell-shaped. Corolla 5-lobed, yellow. Stamens 5, anthers fused into a head. Female flowers without staminodes. Ovary with numerous ovules.

Fruit indehiscent, variable in shape and size; seeds numerous, flattened.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 20 species, America. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Cucurbita maxima

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