Cucurbits are generally annuals that are extremely intolerant of cold weather. They are grown mainly for their fruits, which are derived from a single ovary containing many ovules or seeds. In some parts of the world, flowers and leaves of some species are also used for food. Among vegetable crops, the cucurbits are somewhat different, along with sweet corn, in that they bear different kinds of flowers on the same plant. Insects serve as the main pollen carriers.
The cucumber is classified Cucumis sativus. The genus comprises about forty species, including muskmelons, honeydews, and cantaloupes.
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