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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Cucurbitales

Familia: Cucurbitaceae
Tribus: Benincaseae
Genus: Lagenaria
Species: L. abyssinica – L. breviflora – L. guineensis – L. rufa – L. siceraria – L. sphaerica

Lagenaria Ser., Mem. Soc. Phys. Geneve 3 (1): 25. (1825)

Type species: Lagenaria vulgaris Ser. (1825) = Lagenaria siceraria (Molina) Standl. Publ. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Bot. Ser. 3(3): 435. (1930)


Adenopus Benth., Niger Fl. (W.J.Hooker) 372. (1849)
Sphaerosicyos Hook. f., Gen. Pl. (Bentham & Hooker f.) 1(3): 824. (1867)
Sphaerosicyus Post & Kuntze, Lex. Gen. Phan. 528. (1903) orth. var.


Seringe, N.C. 1825. Mémoires de la Société de Physique et d'Histoire Naturelle de Genève 3(1): 25, pl. 2.


Hassler, M. 2019. Lagenaria. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2019. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Dec 24. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2014. Lagenaria. Published online. Accessed: Aug 26 2014. 2014. Lagenaria. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2014 Aug 26.

Vernacular names
Deutsch: Flaschenkürbisse
English: Squash
suomi: Pullokurpitsat
latviešu: pudeļķirbji
svenska: Flaskkurbitssläktet

Lagenaria is a genus of gourd-bearing vines in the squash family (Cucurbitaceae). Lagenaria contains six species, all of which are indigenous to tropical Africa.[1] The best-known species, the calabash or bottle gourd, L. siceraria, has been domesticated by humans, and has spread beyond Africa. The other species are not cultivated.[1] The gourds of the various species may be harvested young and used as a vegetable. More commonly, the gourds are harvested mature, then dried, and used in making utensils (including musical instruments and containers). Gourds of L. siceraria have been used to store water and other liquids since ancient times. The generic name lagenaria comes from classical Latin lagena meaning bottle or flask, plus Latin suffix -aria.[2]

"Pollinators and biological diversity: the case of the bottle gourd (Lagenaria siceraria) in Kenya", by Morimoto Y., Gikungu M., and Maundu P., year 2004. "Notes on Lagenaria and Cucurbita (Cucurbitaceae)" Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, by Herwig Teppner, year 2004 on page 252.
Lagenaria in The Names of Plants, by David Gledhill, year 2008 (see also lagena in Latin-English Dictionary, by William Whitaker).

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