Cucurbita maxima

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  • Botanical Name : Cucurbita maxima Duchesne.
  • Synonyms : Cucurbita pepo var. maxima (Duchesne) Delile
  • Common Name : Giant Pumpkin, Lal Kodu, Red Gourd
  • Plant Family : Cucurbitaceae
  • Plant Form : Climbers
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 4, 22
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Cucurbita maxima Plant :

  • Habit : A large monoecious climber with tendrils of 3 unequal arms, stem clothed with stiff hairs.
  • Leaves : Ovate, oblong, 5-7 lobed, dentate, cordate, hairy and coarse.
  • Flowers :
    • Male flowers axillary and solitary, yellow, corolla gamopetalous, campanulate.
    • Stamens 5, monadelphous, anthers conduplicate-sinuous.
    • Female flowers-peduncle very stout, calyx segments 5, large and foliaceous.
    • Corolla as in male.
    • Ovary inferior, large, globose, ovules many on 3 parietal placentas.
  • Fruit :
    • A pepo, very large globose pale yellow-orange.
    • Seeds many compressed.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : August-September
  • Significance : Cultivated everywhere for its fruits which are used as vegetables.