Cucurbita okeechobeensis

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Okeechobee gourd
Cucurbita okeechob okeechob.jpg
C. okeechobeensis subsp. okeechobeensis
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus: Cucurbita
Species: C. okeechobeensis
Binomial name
Cucurbita okeechobeensis
  • Pepo okeechobeensis Small 1930.

Cucurbita okeechobeensis, the Okeechobee gourd, is a species of gourd in the Cucurbitaceae family, native to Mexico and the United States. There are two subspecies; one is endemic to Florida, primarily in the region around Lake Okeechobee, the other to the State of Veracruz in eastern Mexico.[2][3] Once abundant,[2] it has state and federal listing as an endangered species.[4]

One of its peculiarities is the yellow corolla not so common in other Cucurbita species

Male flower at anthesis of Cucurbita okeechobeensis
Female flower at anthesis of Cucurbita okeechobeensis


The taxonomy of the species and subspecies is uncertain. It was formerly classified as Pepo okeechobeensis.[5]

Some authorities divide it into two subspecies:[6][7]


  1. ^ The Plant List, Cucurbita okeechobeensis (Small) L.H.Bailey
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Florida Plant Atlas . accessed 7.7.2012
  5. ^ Pepo okeechobeensis - Small, J. New York Bot. Gard. 31: 12. 1930.
  6. ^ "Cucurbita okeechobeensis". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  7. ^ "C. okeechobeensis ssp. okeechobeensis Five-year Review" (PDF). United States Fish and Wildlife Service. September 2009. Retrieved September 9, 2013.

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