Okeechobee gourd – (HABITAT-upland) See facts

Name of animal-plant: Okeechobee gourd

Species name: Cucurbita okeechobeensis

Cucurbita okeechobeensis, the Okeechobee gourd, is a species of gourd in the Cucurbitaceae family, native to Mexico and the United States. There are two subspecies; one is endemic to Florida, primarily in the region around Lake Okeechobee, the other to the State of Veracruz in eastern Mexico. Once abundant, it has state and federal listing as an endangered species.



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Plant type: HABITAT

A habitat is an ecological or environmental area that is inhabited by a particular species of animal, plant, or other type of organism. The term typically refers to the zone in which the organism lives and where it can find food, shelter, protection and mates for reproduction. It is the natural environment in which an organism lives, or the physical environment that surrounds a species population.

Subcategory: upland


All animals and plants are given a species name based on a technical term in biological taxnomy. The species name consists of two words and is based on Latin.


The first part of the name identifies the genus to which the species belongs and  the second part identifies the species within the genus. In this animals case it is: Cucurbita okeechobeensis

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