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Taxon: Cucurbita pepo L. subsp. pepo

Genus: Cucurbita
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Tribe: Cucurbiteae
Nomen number: 314934
Place of publication:
Link to protologue:
Comment: [or C. pepo Cocozelle, Ornamental Gourd, Pumpkin, Vegetable Marrow, and Zucchini Groups]
Name Verified on: 16-May-1989 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 17-Oct-2006
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7)
Accessions: 3 (3 active, 1 available) in National Plant Germplasm System


Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fruits grown for ornament)
  • Human food: fruit (fruits used like a vegetable); oil/fat; seeds; seeds
  • Medicines: folklore

Distributional Range:

    Cultivated (only cult.)


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  3. Decker, D. S. 1988. Origin(s), evolution, and systematics of Cucurbita pepo (Cucurbitaceae) Econ. Bot. 42:11.
  4. Fursa, T. B. & A. I. Filov 1982. Cucurbitaceae (Citrullus, Cucurbita) Kul't. Flora SSSR 21:181.
  5. Gong, L. et al. 2012. Genetic relationships and evolution in Cucurbita pepo (pumpkin, squash, gourd) as revealed by simple sequence repeat polymorphisms Theor. Appl. Genet. 124:875-891.
  6. Hannan, G. L. 1988. Evaluation of relationships within Eriodictyon (Hydrophyllaceae) using trichome characteristics Amer. J. Bot. 75:520.
  7. Kates, H. R. et al. 2017. Evolutionary and domestication history of Cucurbita (pumpkin and squash) species inferred from 44 nuclear loci Molec. Phylogenet. Evol. 111:98-109.
  8. Markle, G. M. et al., eds. Food and feed crops of the United States, ed. 2. 1998 (Food Feed Crops US)
  9. Murkovic, M. et al. 1999. Distribution of fatty acids and vitamin E content in pumpkin seeds (Cucurbita pepo L.) in breeding lines Acta Hort. 492:47-56.
  10. Nesom, G. L. 2011. Toward consistency of taxonomic rank in wild/domesticated Cucurbitaceae (Phytoneuron) 2011-13:1-33.
  11. Paris, H. S. 1986. A proposed subspecific classification for Cucurbita pepo (Phytologia) 61:134.
  12. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  13. Sanjur, O. I. et al. 2002. Phylogenetic relationships among domesticated and wild species of Cucurbita (Cucurbitaceae) inferred from a mitochondrial gene: Implications for crop plant evolution and areas of origin Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 99:535-540.
  14. Wilson, H. D. Free-living Cucurbita pepo in the United States: Viral Resistance, Gene Flow, and Risk Assessment. Web Report for USDA-APHIS. 1999 (Rep FLCP)

Check other web resources for Cucurbita pepo L. subsp. pepo :

  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2018. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=314934. Accessed 14 December 2018.