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Cucurbitaceae / gourds / squashes (aka- Cucumber)
Okeechobee Gourd (Cucurbita okeechobeensis)
Plant Type: This is a vine.
Leaves: The leaves are alternate. Each leaf is cordate with five to seven shallow lobes and small teeth.
Flowers: The flowers have 5 Regular Parts and are up to 7cm long (2.75 inches). They are yellow or cream. Blooms first appear in mid spring and continue into mid fall. There are seperate pistillate (female) and staminate (male) flowers. The hypanthium of the staminate flower and the ovary of the pistillate flower is pubescent.
Fruit: A rounded gourd up to about 8cm (3") in diameter with ten stripes.
Habitat: Stream and lake shores and swamps.
Range: In Florida, around Lake Okeechobee and along the St. Johns River in northeast Florida (Volusia County).

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This is an extremly rare species. Listed as endangered (Federally) it is found only around Lake Okeechobee and along the St. Johns River in Florida. Most of its native habatat, around Lake Okeechobee has been converted to agriculture.


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More Info:  
The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database (http://plants.usda.gov/). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.
 

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.


Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Magnoliopsida
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves
|Subclass
Dilleniidae
|Order
Violales
|Family
Cucurbitaceae
gourds / squashes (aka- Cucumber)
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Cucurbita
gourds

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