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

Cucurbita gracilior L.H.Bailey

Cucurbita radicans, commonly known in Mexico as calabacilla[3] (little pumpkin/gourd) or calabaza de coyote[3] (coyote gourd),  is a species of gourd found growing wild, but also cultivated, in southern Mexico (specifically in the Federal Districts of Jalisco, Mexico and Michoacán[3]). The type specimen was collected growing in rocks below a mountain near Guadalupe in the vicinity of Mexico City (the exact location is unclear); other specimens were also ubiquitous in the area; in corn fields and gardens, either being cultivated, or as invaders.[2] It is a close relative of Cucurbita pedatifolia.[4]


  1. ^ Aragón Cuevas, F., Sánchez de la Vega, G., Castellanos Morales, G., Contreras, A. & Lira Saade, R. 2020. Cucurbita radicans (amended version of 2019 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T109928871A173925627. Downloaded on 24 September 2021.
  2. ^ a b c  Cucurbita radicans was originally described and published in Annales des Sciences Naturelles; Botanique, sér. 5, 6: 8–10. 1866. "Name - Cucurbita radicans Naudin". Tropicos. Saint Louis, Missouri: Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved June 24, 2011. Type-Protologue: Locality: Habitat in rupestribus montosis prope Guadalupe necnon circa urbem Mexico passin. Fructum maturem recepimus, cujus semina tardius sata in Horto pariensi plantas permultus genuerunt, hucusque nondum floriferas
    Type Specimens: HT: E. Bourgeau 788; 28 Aug 1865; Mexico: México: sous les rochers d'une montagne près Guadalupe, Valle de Mexico ...
  3. ^ a b c "Cucurbita radicans". Germplasm Resources Information Network. Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  4. ^ Andres, Thomas C. (1987). "Hybridization of Cucurbita foetidissima with C. pedatifolia C. radicans, and C. ficifolia". Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative Report. 10. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina State University: 72–73.