Cucurbita lundelliana

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Cucurbita lundelliana
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus: Cucurbita
C. lundelliana
Binomial name
Cucurbita lundelliana

Cucurbita lundelliana is a mesophyte plant species of the genus Cucurbita.[1][2][3] It is native to Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. It has not been domesticated.[2] It is found in the Yucatán region near sea level among limestone cliffs. In Guatemala it is found in Parque Nacional Yaxha Nakum Naranjo along Rio Ixtinto and near Laguna Julequito (west of west end of Lake Yaxha).

It has yellow-orange corollas and gray-green seeds.[2] Its leaves are slightly similar to those of Cucurbita ficifolia.[2] It is resistant to powdery mildew[4] and crown rot.[5]

In 1962 the first successful cross of a wild Cucurbita with a domesticated Cucurbita occurred. In that study by Whitaker, C. lundelliana was mostly dominant in a cross with Cucurbita moschata. The purpose of the study was to find the ancestral plant species of the domesticated Cucurbita. C. lundelliana crosses rather well with the five cultivated species of Cucurbita.[2]

The species was formally described by Liberty Hyde Bailey in 1943, in Gentes Herbarum.[1]


  1. ^ a b Bailey, Liberty Hyde (1943). "Species of Cucurbita". Gentes Herbarum. Ithaca, NY. 6: 267–322.
  2. ^ a b c d e 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.
  3. ^ "Cucurbita lundelliana". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  4. ^ Grubben, G. J .H. Vegetables. Wageningen, Netherlands: PROTA. p. 272. ISBN 90-5782-147-8.
  5. ^ Padley Jr., Les D.; Kabelka, Eileen A. (February 2009). "Inheritance of Resistance to Crown Rot Caused by Phytophthora capsici in Cucurbita". HortScience. American Society for Horticultural Science. 44 (1): 211–213.

External links[edit]

"Cucurbita lundelliana" at the Encyclopedia of Life