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The Domestication of Cucurbita (Cucurbitaceae)

Michael Nee
Economic Botany
Vol. 44, No. 3, Supplement: New Perspectives on the Origin and Evolution of New World Domesticated Plants (Jul. - Sep., 1990), pp. 56-68
Published by: Springer on behalf of New York Botanical Garden Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4255271
Page Count: 13
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The Domestication of Cucurbita (Cucurbitaceae)
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Abstract

The genus Cucurbita consists of about thirteen species or species groups. "Squashes" have been domesticated independently from five of these thirteen taxa. The wild ancestor for one domesticated squash was identified in the 1930's, ancestors for two others were determined in the 1980's, but the wild ancestors of the other two domesticates remain unknown.

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