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Family: CUCURBITACEAE 

 Cucurbita cordata
Author of this page: Ryan Giesecke
 

Temporarily photo by Mark Dimmitt.

  
Author: 
Sereno Watson 1889
Family:  Cucurbitaceae
Habitat:  Baja California
Soil:  Grit
Water:  Minimum - Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  10 Centimetres
Height:  100 Centimetres
Flower:  Yellow
Reproduction:  Seeds
Pop names:  Coyote Gourd, Wild Gourd
Synonyms:  Cucurbita cylindrata, Liberty Hyde Bailey 1943
 

 

   This member of the Cucurbitaceae family was collected by Edward Palmer near Los Angeles Bay in 1887, and described by Sereno Watson in 1889. It can be found in a limited portion of the Sonoran Desert. It prefers a loose sand/grit/gravel mix and some sun, and produces tuberous roots to survive periods of drought. Fruits are approximately 8cm, round, and gray-green with lighter stripes. Seeds are 10-11mm long. Some sources list C. cylindrata as a synonym, while other authorities view the two as a case of sympatric speciation.


I am unaware of how (or if) the root will handle exposure above ground level.