Lecture 9_Cucurbitaceae

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Cucurbitaceae
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Cucurbit Family Gourd, cucumber, melon, or pumpkin family Origins in Mexico and South America Pantropical and subtropical Seeds found date back to 8,000 years ago Economic importance, ornamentals, invasive weeds Major domesticated species (food plants): Watermelon, cucumber, melon, squash, pumpkin, chayote, luffa, gourds waynesword.palomar.edu
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Cucurbit Family 100+ genera with 700+spp. Common characteristics: Vines, annuals, long (hollow) petioles, tendrils Large and fleshy fruits, usually with a hard outer layer Large, flat seeds - embryo has 2 large cotyledons www.microscopy-uk.org
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Cucurbit Family and flowers on a single plant (monoecious) Requires pollinators (bees) Grow best in warm weather. Sensitive to frost and cold injury.
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Cucumber Cucumis sativus Native to India Immature fruits Fresh (slicing) Pickling Quick growing Grown in: Field Garden Greenhouse
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