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Common name

English: Bottle Gourd, Calabash Gourd

German: Flaschenkürbis

Mandarin: 葫芦 (hu lu)

Portuguese: Cabaça longa

Classification

Kingdom: Plantae (2616)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2519)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2128)

      Order: Cucurbitales (25)

        Family: Cucurbitaceae (25)(family description)

          Genus: Lagenaria (1)

            Epithet: siceraria (Molina) Standl. (1)

Synonyms: Cucurbita lagenaria L., Cucurbita siceraria Molina, Lagenaria leucantha Rusby, Lagenaria vulgaris Ser.

lagenaria => with the appearance of a bottle or flask, lagena

leucantha => bearing white flowers

siceraria => comes from Hebrew "shekhar" for strong drink, latinised "sicera" for drinking vessel

vulgaris => common, everyday

Characteristics

Climate: sub-tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: white

External links

Check for Lagenaria siceraria at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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