Cucurbita pedatifolia

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Cucurbita pedatifolia
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus: Cucurbita
Species: C. pedatifolia
Binomial name
Cucurbita pedatifolia

Cucurbita moorei L.H.Bailey

Cucurbita pedatifolia is a xerophyte plant species of the genus Cucurbita.[2][3][4] It is native to Querétaro, Mexico. It has not been domesticated.[3] While C. pedatifolia has been cross bred, results have met with limited success.[5] It does not cross well with other species of Cucurbita.[6] It is a close relative of Cucurbita radicans.[5] Geographic location and genetics make it highly likely that Cucurbita scabridifolia is a naturally occurring hybrid of Cucurbita foetidissima and C. pedatifolia.[7] It also has some mesophyte traits may represent a transitional state between the mesophytic Cucurbita and the mesophytic Cucurbita.[8]

The species was formally described by Liberty Hyde Bailey in 1943, in Gentes Herbarum.[2]


  1. ^ The Plant List, Cucurbita pedatifolia
  2. ^ a b Bailey, Liberty Hyde (1943). "Species of Cucurbita". Gentes Herbarum. Ithaca, NY. 6: 267–322. 
  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. ^ "Cucurbita pedatifolia". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Andres, Thomas C. (1987). "Hybridization of Cucurbita foetidissima with C. pedatifolia C. radicans, and C. ficifolia". Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative Report. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina State University. 10: 72–73. 
  6. ^ "Cucurbits". Purdue University. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ Andres, Thomas C. (1987). "Relationship of Cucurbita scabridifolia to C. foetidissima and C. pedatifolia: A Case of Natural Interspecific Hybridization". Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative Report. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina State University. 10: 74–75. 
  8. ^ Bemis, W. P.; Whitaker, Thomas W. (April 1969). "The Xerophytic Cucurbita of Northwestern Mexico and Southwestern United States". Madroño. California Botanical Society. 20 (2): 33–41. JSTOR 41423342. 

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