Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae: Cucurbitales

Cucurbitaceae - Cucumber family

Jeffrey, C. (1978) Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Climbing or prostrate, annual or perennial, monoecious or dioecious, herbs, less often woody lianes, rarely erect herbs without tendrils. Leaves alternate, palmately veined and often palmately lobed. Tendrils usually 1 at each node, rarely 0. Flowers unisexual, epigynous, axillary. Glandular bract-like "probracts" sometimes present at base of peduncles. Petals usually 5, free or united; corolla usually actinomorphic. Stamens basically 5 but commonly modified; staminodes often present in female flowers. Ovary inferior, 1(-3)-locular. Style with 2 or 3 lobes or styles 3. Fruit a capsule, berry or hard-shelled pepo.

Worldwide: 120 genera and 775 species, mainly in tropical and warm areas, with a few temperate species.

Zambia: 18 genera and 48 taxa.

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GenusContent
Acanthosicyos Welw. ex Hook. f.Description
Citrullus Schrad. ex Eckl. & Zeyh.Description, Image
Coccinia Wight & Arn.Description
Corallocarpus Welw. ex Hook. f.Description
Ctenolepis Hook. f.Description
Cucumella Chiov.Description
Cucumis L.Description
Cyclantheropsis HarmsDescription
Diplocyclos (Endl.) Post. & KuntzeDescription
Eureiandra Hook. f.Description
Kedrostis Medik.Description
Lagenaria Ser.Description
Luffa Mill.Description
Momordica L.Description
Mukia Arn.Description
Oreosyce Hook. f.Description
Trochomeria Hook. f.Description
Zehneria Endl.Description

Other sources of information about Cucurbitaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Cucurbitaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Cucurbitaceae
Flora of Malawi: Cucurbitaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Cucurbitaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Cucurbitaceae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Cucurbitaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cucurbitaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Cucurbitaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Cucurbitaceae
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Cucurbitaceae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=65, retrieved 28 June 2017

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