Cucurbitaceae (weeds)

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Cucumis anguria (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Eugenio Hansen
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Cucurbitaceae (weeds) - (cucumber family, cucurbits)

This family contains mainly climbing or crawling plants and around 1,000 species. Many are important crops or ornamentals, but several are agricultural weeds like burcucumber, Sicyos angulatus, or smellmelon, Cucumis melo var. dudaim.

Cucurbits have unisexual flowers, typically with five white or yellowish petals. The fruits can grow to considerable sizes and have flat seeds.

The following genera and individual species are currently entered under this family: