Munger, Henry M. Department of Plant Breeding and Biometry, New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Thomas, Claude E. Agricultural Research Southern Region, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Weslaco, Texas.
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The common name for edible fruits of several species of the genus Cucurbita: C. pepo, C. moschata, C. maxima, and C. mixta (also known as C. argyrosperma). The various species of squash originated in the Americas, but they are now grown in most countries around the world. Among squash, there is a tremendous variation in size, shape, color, and usage. Squash plants belong to the family Cucurbitaceae in the order Cucurbitales; they were formerly included in the order Violales. See also: Horticultural crops; Violales
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