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Cucurbita fruits
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Subfamily: Cucurbitoideae
Tribe: Cucurbiteae

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The Cucurbiteae is a tribe of the Cucurbitoideae subfamily, which is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, or gourd family, of flowering plants. Species are usually monoecious herbaceous annuals or woody lianas.[1]

The tribe consists of 13 genera reported,[2] but a 2011 study based on genetics reported 11.[1] Members of the genus Cucurbita produce economically valuable fruits, namely squashes and pumpkins.


The genera are:[1]


  1. ^ a b c Schaefer, Hanno; Renner, Susanne S. (February 2011). "Phylogenetic Relationships in the Order Cucurbitales and a New Classification of the Gourd Family (Cucurbitaceae)" (PDF). Taxon 60 (1): 122–138. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Grayum, Michael H. (December 2009). "Two New Trifoliolate-Leaved Species of Cucurbitaceae (Cucurbiteae) from Central and South America". Novon (Missouri Botanical Garden Press) 19 (4): 465–474. doi:10.2307/27765198. JSTOR 27765198.  edit