Cucurbita okeechobeensis

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Cucurbita okeechobeensis
Cucurbita okeechob okeechob.jpg
C. okeechobeensis subsp. okeechobeensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus: Cucurbita
Species: C. okeechobeensis
Binomial name
Cucurbita okeechobeensis
(Small) L.H.Bailey

Cucurbita okeechobeensis, the Okeechobee gourd, is a species of gourd in the Cucurbitaceae family, endemic to Lake Okeechobee in Florida.[1][2] Once abundant,[1] it has state and federal listing as an endangered species.[3]


The taxonomy of the species and subspecies is uncertain. It was formerly classified as Pepo okeechobeensis.[4]

Some authorities divide it into two subspecies:[5][6]


  1. ^ a b Andres, Thomas C.; Nabhan, Gary P. (1988). "Taxonomic Rank and Rarity of Cucurbita okeechobeensis". Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative Report (Raleigh, NC: North Carolina State University) 11: 83–85. 
  2. ^ a b Nee, Michael (1990). "The Domestication of Cucurbita (Cucurbitaceae)". Economic Botany (New York: New York Botanical Gardens Press) 44 (3, Supplement: New Perspectives on the Origin and Evolution of New World Domesticated Plants): 56–68. JSTOR 4255271.  edit
  3. ^ . accessed 7.7.2012
  4. ^ Pepo okeechobeensis - Small, J. New York Bot. Gard. 31: 12. 1930.
  5. ^ GRIN. "C. okeechobeensis (Small) L. H. Bailey". Taxonomy for Plants. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ "C. okeechobeensis ssp. okeechobeensis Five-year Review". United States Fish and Wildlife Service. September 2009. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 

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