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Cucurbita lundelliana

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Kingdom  Plantae
Clade  Eudicots
Order  Cucurbitales
Rank  Species
Clade  Angiosperms
Clade  Rosids
Family  Cucurbitaceae
Similar  Cucurbita okeechobeensis, Cucurbita ecuadorensis, Cucurbita digitata, Cucurbita californica, Cucurbita andreana

Cucurbita lundelliana is a mesophyte plant species of the genus Cucurbita. It is native to Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. It has not been domesticated. It is only found in the Yucat√°n region near sea level among limestone cliffs. It has yellow-orange corollas and gray-green seeds. Its leaves are slightly similar to those of Cucurbita ficifolia. It is resistant to powdery mildew and crown rot.

In 1962 the first successful cross of a wild Cucurbita with a domesticated Cucurbita occurred. In that study by Whitaker, C. lundelliana was mostly dominant in a cross with Cucurbita moschata. The purpose of the study was to find the ancestral plant species of the domesticated Cucurbita. C. lundelliana crosses rather well with the five cultivated species of Cucurbita.

The species was formally described by Liberty Hyde Bailey in 1943, in Gentes Herbarum.


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