Foliage of Cucurbita palmata, Kingman, Arizona. Flower bud of Cucurbita palmata, Kingman, Arizona. Stems of Cucurbita palmata, Kingman, Arizona.
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Common Name Coyote Gourd, Coyote Melon
Latin Name Cucurbita palmata
Family Cucurbitaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones   / 9-11 
Type / Form Vine
Native Habitat Southwestern U.S., northwestern Mexico
Soil Dry decomposed granite, sand, limestone, low organic content, well drained
Water None to once per month
Exposure Full sun
Height X Width 6 inches by 30 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves 815 cm; blade cordate, gray-green, main veins whitish, lobes generally 5, distinct half way to petiole, middle 3 widely triangular, generally without prominent teeth
Flowers Large 3" wide yellow, unisexual, bell shaped, opens in morning, closes by mid-day, April through September
Bark / Roots  / Deep roots 
Maintenance Low
Propagation Seed
Pests and diseases  
Landscape uses Espalier, low maintenance, specimen
Garden Suitability Butterfly, Ethnobotanical
Nature Value Nectar food for invertibrates
Native American Uses Seeds eaten, rattles made from gourds
Links  
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cucurbita_palmata
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=2511
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/58012/
    Images and data http://www.nazflora.org/Cucurbita_palmata.htm
    Images and data http://www.livingdesert.org/desert_plants_page.html?name=Coyote+Melon
    Images and data http://www.desertmuseumdigitallibrary.org/public/detail.php?id=ASDM01314
    Data http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?3375,3385,3388
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Cucurbita+palmata
  http://www.laspilitas.com/nature-of-california/plants/cucurbita-palmata
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261 
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=CUPA
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