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Cucurbitaceae (Vine Crops)

  1. Todd C Wehner1,
  2. Donald N Maynard2

Published Online: 15 JUL 2003

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003723



How to Cite

Wehner, T. C. and Maynard, D. N. 2003. Cucurbitaceae (Vine Crops). eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

  2. 2

    University of Florida, Bradenton, Florida, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2003

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The Cucurbitaceae or vine crop family is a distinct family without any close relatives and includes many important vegetables such as cucumber, melon, watermelon, squash, pumpkin and gourds.


  • cucumber;
  • west indian gherkin;
  • melon;
  • watermelon;
  • squash and pumpkin;
  • bitter melon;
  • wax gourd;
  • luffa sponge and ridge gourd;
  • chayote