Monographic study of Echinopepon Naud. (Cucurbitaceae) in Mexico

National School of Biological Sciences
National Polytechnic Institute
Prol. de Carpio y Plan de Ayala s/n
Col. Casco de Santo Tomas
11340 Mexico D.F.
Phone: 5729 6000
Fax 5729 6000 ext 46205

Dra. Concepcion Rodriguez Jimenez
Head of the Project
Laboratory of Phanerogams
Department of Botany
Phone: 5729 6000 ext 51336

Mexico is the main distribution center of the Echinopepon genus, one of the 130 genera of the complex Cucurbitaceae family. This genus includes climber plants, well-known as balsam apple that inhabit disturbed areas specially. These plants have a great development in cultivated lands, where they are considered as weeds because they obstruct the growth of the crops, increase the cost of harvest and reduce the quality of the products.

The database contains 432 specimens pertaining to 1 family, 2 genera and 33 species of plants, and it pertains to the SNIB.

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