Cucurbita californica

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Cucurbita californica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus: Cucurbita
Species: C. californica
Binomial name
Cucurbita californica

Cucurbita californica is a species of flowering plant in the squash family.[1]

The species was first identified by Sereno Watson in 1876.[1] There is disagreement about whether this is a separate species from Cucurbita palmata.[2][3] In 1883 botanist C. C. Parry reported it was distinguishable from C. palmata by its smaller fruit and foliage, and fruit that is a dull green with thin ridges.[4] It is similar to Cucurbita cordata, Cucurbita cylindrata, Cucurbita digitata, and Cucurbita palmata and all these species hybridize readily.[5]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Cucurbita californica Torr. ex S. Watson". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cucurbitaceae Gourd Family". Jepson Herbarium, University of California-Berkeley. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ Parry, C. C. (May 1883). "Cucurbita Californica, Torr". Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club. Torrey Botanical Society. 10 (15): 50–51. JSTOR 2475497. doi:10.2307/2475497 (inactive 2017-01-31). 
  5. ^ Puchalski, J. T.; Robinson, R. W. (1978). "Comparative Electrophoretic Analysis of Isozymes in Cucurbita Species". Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative Report. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina State University. 1: 28.