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The calabash (L. siceraria) belongs to the Lagenaria genus.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Subfamily: Cucurbitoideae
Tribe: Benincaseae
Subtribe: Benincasinae
Genus: Lagenaria

Lagenaria is a genus of gourd-bearing vines in the squash family, Cucurbitaceae. Lagenaria, which is indigenous to Africa, contains at least six species,[1] the best-known species being the calabash or bottle gourd, L. siceraria. The fruits of the various species can either be harvested young and used as a vegetable or harvested mature, dried, and used in crafting utensils including musical instruments and containers. Gourds, especially those of L. siceraria, have been used to store water and other liquids since ancient times. The generic name Lagenaria comes from classical Latin lagena meaning bottle or flask, plus Latin suffix -aria.[2][3]


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