Cucurbita is a genus in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae first cultivated in the Andes and Mesoamerica and now used in many parts of the world. It includes species grown for their fruit and edible seeds, as well as some species grown only as gourds. These gourds (and other squashes) come in many colors, including blue, orange, yellow, red, and green. They have bicollateral vascular bundles.

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