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Basic Collection Information and Status
Gourd (Lagenaria siceraria, Cucurbitaceae)Cultural Affiliation n/a
Collection Site New Mexico, United States (latitude: 32°; altitude: 5,000 ft / 1,500 m)
Collection Year 1995
Accession Status Active
Catalog Information and Instructions
A short (9"-12") dipper gourd with a relatively large bulb and skinny neck. From Mesilla, near Las Cruces in southern New Mexico.
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Characterization and Evaluation
There are currently no observational data available for this accession. If you have made observations of this accession and are willing to share them, please contact us.
|Gourd Introduction||Cultivation Instructions||Seed Saving Instructions|
|The earliest known domesticated plant. Used for ladles, rattles, canteens or containers, as well as musical instruments. Can be carved, burned or painted.||Sow 1" deep after soil warms in spring (scarify for better germination). The long climbing vines require plenty of room. Plant next to a fence or trellis, or in basins under a tree. Requires plenty of water throughout the long growing season.||Annual. Varieties will cross-pollinate. The night-blooming white flowers are moth-pollinated. Fruits should mature on the plant until the stems are brown and the fruit lightweight, or until frost. Dry until the gourds are beige and the seed can be loosened by shaking.|