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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 1010. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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General/Distribution: A genus of about 20 species, 15 are American, while 5 species are cultivated throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Represented in Pakistan by 2 cultivated species.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Doubtful Species

Cucurbita pepo Linn., Sp. Pl. 1010. 1753.

It is said to be cultivated in Pakistan and India but no authentic specimen could be seen from Indo-Pakistan subcontinent (C. Jeffrey, l.c.); distinguished by harshly setose leaves with stiff, erect lobes.


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Annual or perennial herbs. Stem angular, hispid or hairy. Tendrils branched, mostly 2-4-fid. Leaves petiolate, ovate, generally 5-lobed, base cordate, hirsute or scabrescent. Flowers large, yellow, solitary; monoecious. Male flowers rarely fascicled. Calyx campanulate, lobes 5, subulate, spathulate or leafy. Corolla campanulate, shallowly 5-lobed, lobes usually recurved. Stamens 3, inserted low on the calyx tube. Filaments free, anthers linear and connate, one monothecous and two dithecous; connectives not produced. Pistillode absent. Female flowers shortly pedunculate. Ovary oblong, style simple, short, stigmas 3(5), papillose, ovules many, horizontal. Fruit fleshy, indehiscent, many-seeded. Seeds ovate or oblong, smooth, marginate or emarginate.

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1 Calyx segments broad, spathulate or foliaceous. Fruiting peduncle stout, hard, 5-6-angled, expanded at the attachment 2 Cucurbita moschata
+ Calyx segments linear, lanceolate or subulate. Fruiting peduncle circular, spongy or corky, striated, not expanded at the attachment 1 Cucurbita maxima
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