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Cucurbita okeechobeensis (Small) L.H. Bailey. Okeechobee Gourd. Phen: Jan-Nov. Hab: Lake and river shorelines, swampy lake edges. Dist: Endemic to FL, north to Volusia and Lake counties, FL.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Taxonomy Comments: The closely related C. martinezii L.H. Bailey, sometimes treated as a subspecies of C. okeechobeensis, is common in e. Mexico. Castelano-Martinez et al. (2018) found a clade that they called the Okeechobeensis Group consisting of C. okeechobeensis ssp. okeechobeensis, C. lundelliana, and C. okeechobeensis ssp. martinezii, the three taxa closely related and recently derived from their common ancestor. C. okeechobeensis ssp. martinezii is apparently most closely related to C. lundelliana; we here treat the three allopatric taxa at species rank.

Synonymy: = Fl2, K3, K4; = Cucurbita okeechobeensis (Small) L.H.Bailey ssp. okeechobeensis – FNA6, WH3, Castellanos-Morales et al (2018); = Pepo okeechobeensis Small – S

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: OBL

Heliophily ?: 5

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image of plant© Keith Bradley | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Keith Bradley | Original Image ⭷

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