Cucurbita okeechobeensis

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Okeechobee gourd
Cucurbita okeechob okeechob.jpg
C. okeechobeensis subsp. okeechobeensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus: Cucurbita
Species: C. okeechobeensis
Binomial name
Cucurbita okeechobeensis
(Small) L.H.Bailey 1930
  • 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]


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. ^ GRIN. "C. okeechobeensis (Small) L. H. Bailey". Taxonomy for Plants. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. 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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