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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 7/31/2013)
 

Flora Data (Last Modified On 7/31/2013)
Species Cucumis sativus L.
PlaceOfPublication Sp. P1. 1012. 1753.
Description Vines; stems hirsute or scabrous. Leaves cordate, 12-18 cm long and wide, angulate or shallowly 3- to 5-lobate, the apex of the lobes acute, the base cordate, the margin denticulate, chartaceous, both surfaces hispid or scabrous; petiole 5-15 cm long, hispid or scabrous. Staminate flowers axillary, fasciculate; peduncle 0.5-2.0 cm long; calyx subcylindrical, the lobes 4-6 mm long, subulate, villous, green; corolla campanulate, lobes ca. 2 cm long, yellow, ovate lanceolate, acute; stamens 6-8 mm long, the anthers 3-4 mm long, the appendix connective ca. 1 mm long; pistillode glandlike. Pistillate flowers in same axils as the staminate flowers; peduncles 1-2 cm long; calyx and corolla as in the staminate flowers; ovary fusiform, tuberculate, the style 1-2 mm long, the stigma forming a spherical head. Fruit yellowish, usually cylindrical or oblong, tuberculate, glabrous; seeds whitish, oblong, 8-10 mm long, 3-5 mm wide.
Habit Vines
Note This species, the common cucumber, native to the Old World tropics, is widely cultivated for food in temperate and tropical regions throughout the world. It frequently persists after cultivation or as an escape in ruderal areas. No specimens have been seen from Panama, but it is to be expected. It is a highly variable species with numerous described cultivated varieties. The taxonomy is much in the need of critical study.
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