Invasive Species Compendium

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Lagenaria siceraria
(bottle gourd)



Lagenaria siceraria (bottle gourd)


  • Last modified
  • 28 March 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Lagenaria siceraria
  • Preferred Common Name
  • bottle gourd
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Dicotyledonae
  • Uses List
  • Carved material
  • Traditional/folklore
  • Vegetable
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Lagenaria siceraria

Preferred Common Name

  • bottle gourd

Other Scientific Names

  • Lagenaria leucantha
  • Lagenaria vulgaris SER.

International Common Names

  • English: Calabash gourd; gourd (bottle); white-flowered gourd
  • Spanish: calabaza; Calabaza de peregrinos; Calabaza vinatera
  • French: calebasse; Courge bouteille

Local Common Names

  • Brazil: cabaceiro-amargoso
  • Germany: Flaschenkuerbis; Kalebassenkuerbis
  • Italy: Zucca bottiglia; Zucca lunga
  • Netherlands: kalebas, fles-

EPPO code

  • LGNSI (Lagenaria siceraria)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Dicotyledonae
  •                     Order: Violales
  •                         Family: Cucurbitaceae
  •                             Genus: Lagenaria
  •                                 Species: Lagenaria siceraria

List of Pests

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Major host of:

Aulacophora foveicollis (red pumpkin beetle); Aulacophora indica (cucurbit beetle); Bactrocera diversa (fruit fly, three striped); Bactrocera dorsalis (Oriental fruit fly); Chalara elegans (black root rot); Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus; Dacus ciliatus (lesser pumpkin fly); Diaphania indica (cucumber moth); Henosepilachna pusillanima; Macrophomina phaseolina (charcoal rot of bean/tobacco); Nesidiocoris caesar; Nesidiocoris tenuis (tomato bug)

Minor host of:

Achaea janata (castor semilooper); Achatina fulica (giant African land snail); Anastrepha grandis (South American cucurbit fruit fly); Aspergillus niger (black mould of onion); Athelia rolfsii (sclerotium rot); Bactrocera cucurbitae (melon fly); Cirsium arvense (creeping thistle); Cucurbit aphid-borne yellows virus; Diabrotica speciosa (cucurbit beetle); Diaphania nitidalis (cucumber worm); Didymella bryoniae (gummy stem blight of cucurbits); Haematonectria haematococca (dry rot of potato); Liriomyza trifolii (American serpentine leafminer); Papaya ringspot virus; Podosphaera xanthii (powdery mildew of cucurbits); Pratylenchus penetrans (nematode, northern root lesion); Pseudoperonospora cubensis (cucumber downy mildew); Ralstonia solanacearum (bacterial wilt of potato); Rotylenchulus reniformis (reniform nematode); Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (cottony soft rot); Thrips flavus (honeysuckle thrips); Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus; Zucchini yellow mosaic virus

Wild host of:

Phenacoccus solenopsis (cotton mealybug)

Host of (source - data mining):

Fusarium oxysporum (basal rot); Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. lagenariae (wilt: calabash gourd); Metacanthus pulchellus; Monosporascus cannonballus; Phytophthora drechsleri (watermelon fruit rot)

Uses List

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Human food and beverage

  • Vegetable


  • Carved material

Medicinal, pharmaceutical

  • Traditional/folklore