|Author: ||Sereno Watson,
California, NW Mexico
Gourd, Wild Gourd
Cucurbita cylindrata, Liberty Hyde Bailey, 1943
This member of the Cucurbitaceae
family was collected by Edward Palmer near Los Angeles Bay in 1887,
and described by Sereno Watson in 1889. It can be found in a limited
portion of the Sonoran Desert. It preferring a loose sand/grit/gravel
mix and some sun, and produces tuberous roots to survive periods of
drought. Fruits are approximately eight centimetres, round, and grey-green with
lighter stripes. The seeds are ten millimetres long. Some sources list C. cylindrata
as a synonym, while other authorities view the two as a
case of sympatric speciation.
The genera name from
Latin; cucumis; 'gourd'. The species name means 'heart-shaped',
referring to leaves.