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Pumpkin (Male flower)

Cucurbita pepo

Description:

Overview: A rampant, highly-branched vine (although cultivated forms are less rampant and less well branched). Leaves: More or less round with five deep lobes and serrated edges. Solid dark green or yellow-green or with grey-green markings. Long leaf-stalks hold the leaf blades above flowers and fruits. Stems and leaves of many cultivars bear fine, glassy prickles. Flowers: Large, showy, bright yellow/orange. Separate male and female flowers are borne on the same plant. Fruits: Extremely variable in size, shape, colour and texture. Fruit stems (peduncles) are not corky and are ridged all around, widening slightly at the base. Flesh is pulpy. Fruits of wild plants are normally bitter. Seeds: Smooth, oval and flattened, with one end slightly more pointed than the other. Light to dark beige. (From Kew.org)

Habitat:

Cucurbita pepo subspecies fraterna has been found in upland, seasonally dry thorn scrub, whereas C. pepo subsp. texana occurs in alluvial land near rivers. (From Kew.org)

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Hariprasad V N
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Hariprasad V N

Tamil Nadu, India

Spotted on Jul 11, 2015
Submitted on Jul 30, 2015

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