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2. Cucurbita moschata (Duch. ex Lam.) Duch. ex Poir., Diet. Sci. Nat. 11: 234. 1818. Cogn., l.c. 546; Clarke l.c. 622; Chakravarty, l.c. 123; R.R. Stewart, l.c.; C. Jeffrey, l.c.

English: Squashes.

Vern.: Mitha Kaddu, Mitha Kumara.


  • Cucurbita pepo var. moschata Duch. ex Lam.

    Petiole without pungent hairs. Leaves 5-7-lobed, lobes acute, with whitish blotches on upper surface, valvety hairy, tendrils branched. Calyx segments spathulate or foliaceous. Fruiting peduncle stout, hard, 5-6-angled, expanded at the attachment to the fruit. Fruits of various size, shape and colour, usually oblong and constricted. Seeds greyish white or tan in colour, margin dark.

    Holotype: From a cultivated plant, possibly grown from seeds from Marinique (not found); Neotype: not designated, (C. Jeffrey, l.c.).

    Distribution: Cultivated throughout India, Pakistan, tropical and subtropical countries.


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