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Basic Collection Information and Status
Squash (Cucurbita maxima, Cucurbitaceae)
Cultural Affiliation   n/a
Collection Site   New Mexico, United States (latitude: 36°; altitude: 8,000 ft / 2,400 m)
Collection Year   1991
Accession Status   Active
Catalog Information and Instructions
Calabaza del NorteEX014
Originally collected in Vadito, it is common throughout the northern villages of NM. Fruit vary from dark green to orange and are somewhat acorn-shaped with a small "nipple" on the blossom end. The thick orange flesh is sweet so "you don't need sugar."
Current availability of this variety is summarized below. We encourage the use of these seeds to benefit humanity and strive to facilitate access through a number of channels.
        Seeds of this variety are not currently available for distribution. If you are interested in this accession for research, seed increase, or repatriation purposes, please contact us.
Collection Site
The circle in the map below shows the area where this accession was collected (why isn't the precise locality shown
?Precise collection localities are hidden in order to protect the privacy of the original donors of the seeds in the NS/S collection.
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The graphs below summarize aspects of the climate for this accession's collection site. You have not specified a reference site, but you may specify one and rerun your search.
The Native Seeds/SEARCH digital photo collection for this accession is provided below.
E04-019 CF02 SE04-019 CF02 Fr1E04-019 CF02 Fr2E04-019 CF02 Fr3E04-019 CF02 Fr4E04-019 CF02 Fr5E04-019 CF02 L
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Characterization and Evaluation
The table below lists observations of this accession's characteristics (why are characters sometimes listed more than once
?For some accessions, observations of a particular trait have been recorded over more than one season or location; these are indicated by the different values in the Lot column.
CharacterObservationLot, Frequency and CommentsCharacter Description (Source and Code)
days to 50% flower69 DAPlot: CF '02
days to 50% flower40lot: CF' 09
days to first flower26lot: CF' 09
days to first flower65 DAPlot: CF '02
habitProstratelot: CF' 09 (Bioversity 4.1.1: 7)
habitProstratelot: CF '02 (Bioversity 4.1.1: 7)
leaf hairsIntermediatelot: CF' 09 (Bioversity 6.1.11/6.1.12: 5)
leaf hairsBoth sideslot: CF '02 (Bioversity 6.1.11/6.1.12: both sides)
leaf lobesAbsentlot: CF' 09 (Bioversity 6.1.10: 0)
leaf lobesAbsentlot: CF '02 (Bioversity 6.1.10: 0)
leaf marginDentedlot: CF '02 (Bioversity 6.1.9: 2)
leaf marginSmoothlot: CF' 09 (Bioversity 6.1.9: 1)
leaf shapeReniformlot: CF' 09 (Bioversity 6.1.6: 3)
leaf spotsAbsentlot: CF' 09 (Bioversity 6.1.8: 0)
leaf spotsAbsentlot: CF '02 (Bioversity 6.1.8: 0)
note*-2 distinct types: blue-gr. & orange w/gr. stipeslot: CF '02
noteSquash bugs killed leaves then grasshoppers ate new leaveslot: CF' 09
seed coat colorBrownlot: CF '02 (Bioversity 6.3.4: 5)
seed marginAbsentlot: CF '02 (Bioversity 6.3.5: 0)
seed surfaceSmoothlot: CF '02 (Bioversity 6.3.2: 1)
tendrilsPresentlot: CF' 09 (Bioversity 6.1.5: *)
tendrilsPresentlot: CF '02 (Bioversity 6.1.5: *)
Squash IntroductionCultivation InstructionsSeed Saving Instructions
Squash fruits vary in shape, color and flavor. Flowers, seeds and growing tips of vines are all edible. All fruits can be eaten when small and immature as summer squash, and mature as winter squash.In spring after soil warms, or with summer rains, sow a few seeds 1" deep in basins 3-6' apart, allowing room for abundant vine growth. Squash likes soil rich in compost.An insect-pollinated annual, varieties of the same species will cross. Allow fruits to ripen and mature on the vine until skin is hard and stem brown. After harvesting, fruit needs to after-ripen for 30 days in cool location. Remove seeds, wash and dry before storage.
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