Cucurbita californica
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus: Cucurbita
C. californica
Binomial name
Cucurbita californica

Cucurbita californica is a species of flowering plant in the squash family.[1]

The species was first identified by Sereno Watson in 1876.[1] There is disagreement about whether this is a separate species from Cucurbita palmata.[2][3] In 1883 botanist C. C. Parry reported it was distinguishable from C. palmata by its smaller fruit and foliage, and fruit that is a dull green with thin ridges.[4] It is similar to Cucurbita cordata, Cucurbita cylindrata, Cucurbita digitata, and Cucurbita palmata and all these species hybridize readily.[5]


  1. ^ a b Nee, Michael (1990). "The Domestication of Cucurbita (Cucurbitaceae)". Economic Botany. 44 (3, Supplement: New Perspectives on the Origin and Evolution of New World Domesticated Plants): 56–68. doi:10.1007/BF02860475. JSTOR 4255271.
  2. ^ "Cucurbita californica Torr. ex S. Watson". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
  3. ^ "Cucurbitaceae Gourd Family". Jepson Herbarium, University of California-Berkeley. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
  4. ^ Parry, C. C. (May 1883). "Cucurbita Californica, Torr". Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club. 10 (15): 50–51. JSTOR 2475497.
  5. ^ Puchalski, J. T.; Robinson, R. W. (1978). "Comparative Electrophoretic Analysis of Isozymes in Cucurbita Species". Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative Report. 1: 28.