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Genus Lagenaria Family Cucurbitaceae

Description: Climbing or trailing annual herbs, monoecious, pilose or pubescent. Tendrils 2-branched.

Leaves simple, toothed; petiole with 2 raised glands near apex. Male and female flowers solitary. Female hypanthium shorter than male. Corolla deeply 5-lobed or of 5 free petals. Stamens 2. Female flowers with 3 staminodes. Ovary villous.

Fruit green, pubescent; seeds many, compressed.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 6 species, mainly tropical & subtropical regions. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Lagenaria siceraria

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