Cucurbita

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Cucurbita
Cucurbita 2011 G1.jpg
Sample o Cucurbita
Scienteefic classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Subfamily: Cucurbitoideae
Tribe: Cucurbiteae
Genus: Cucurbita
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Species

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Synonyms
Cucurbita flouer wi insects

Cucurbita is a genus in the gourd faimily Cucurbitaceae first cultivatit in the Andes an Mesoamerica an nou uised in mony pairts o the warld.[1][2] It includes species grown for thair fruit an edible seeds (the squashes, pumpkins an marrows, an the chilacayote), as well as some species grown anly as gourds. These gourds (an ither squashes) come in mony colours, includin blue, orange, yellae, reid, an green. Thay hae bicollateral vascular bundles. Mony North an Central American species are visitit bi specialist pollinators in the apid group Eucerini, especially the genera Peponapis an Xenoglossa, an these bees can be very important for fruit set.

Cucurbita species are uised as fuid plants bi the larvae o some Lepidoptera species, includin cabbage mochs, Hypercompe indecisa, an turnip mochs. Cucurbitin is foond in Cucurbita seeds.[3]

Several species o Cucurbita are native tae North Americae, includin Cucurbita foetidissima (buffalo gourd), Cucurbita digitata (calabazilla), an Cucurbita palmata (coyote melon). These plants produce gourds an furm lairge, fleshy, tuber-like ruits. Some species, however, are native tae Sooth Americae, includin Cucurbita pepo.

Species[eedit | eedit soorce]

Leetit alphabetically.[4]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Whitaker (1947)
  2. Whitaker (1956)
  3. "Complete Pumpkin information from". Drugs.com. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  4. GRIN. "Species in GRIN for genus Cucurbita". Taxonomy for Plants. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Retrieved June 24, 2011.