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Gourd Family (Cucurbitaceae)

Biology Of Gourds, Agricultural Species Of Gourds, More On The Cucurbita Squashes Of The Americas

Gourds and their relatives are various species of plants in the family Cucurbitaceae. There are about 750 species in this family divided among 90 genera. Some members of the gourd family include the cucumber, squash, melon, and pumpkin. Most species of gourds are tropical or subtropical, but a few occur in temperate climates. A few species in the gourd family produce large, edible fruits, and some of these are ancient food plants. Gourds are still economically important as foods and for other reasons.


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