Cucurbita pepo L

Nota de alcance

DIVERSIDAD GENÉTICA Y MEJORAMIENTO DE PLANTAS MEDICINALES= Medicinal plants and improvement of medicinal herbs:

Using random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD), amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP), simple sequence repeats (SSR), and morphological traits, the first genetic maps for Cucurbita pepo (2n=2x=40) were constructed and compared. The two mapping populations consisted of 92 F2 individuals each. One map was developed from a cross between an oil-seed pumpkin breeding line and a zucchini accession, into which genes for resistance to Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus (ZYMV) from a related species, C. moschata, had been introgressed. The other map was developed from a cross between an oil-seed pumpkin and a crookneck variety. A total of 332 and 323 markers were mapped in the two populations. Markers were distributed in each map over 21 linkage groups and covered an average of 2,200 cM of the C. pepo genome. The two maps had 62 loci in common, which enabled identification of 14 homologous linkage groups. Polyacrylamide gel analyses allowed detection of a high number of markers suitable for mapping, 10% of which were co-dominant RAPD loci. In the Pumpkin-Zucchini population, bulked segregant analysis (BSA) identified seven markers less than 7 cM distant from the locus n, affecting lignification of the seed coat. One of these markers, linked to the recessive hull-less allele (AW11-420), was also found in the Pumpkin-Crookneck population, 4 cM from n. In the Pumpkin-Zucchini population, 24 RAPD markers, previously introduced into C. pepo from C. moschata, were mapped in two linkage groups (13 and 11 markers in LGpz1 and LGpz2, respectively), together with two sequence characterized amplified region (SCAR) markers linked to genes for resistance to ZYMV. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

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PARTE UTILIZADA= Used part : Hoja y pulpa del zapallo.

ACCIÓN FARMACOLÓGICA= Pharmacological action: Para enfermedades del hígado y para cataplasmas.

COMPOSICIÓN QUÍMICA= Chemical composition: Pepo contains fixed oil about 40 per cent; starch about 30 per cent; proteins; an acrid recin. Total ash about 4.55% per cent, mostly acid-soluble.

ZONA GEOGRÁFICA= Geografical zone: Uruguay. 


Enfermedad o síntoma

Parte utilizada

Forma de preparación
Sin preparación

Modo de administración
Vía oral (se saborean o se ingieren para los parásitos intestinales)

Tucumán, Argentina

Nota de alcance (en)

Fruit: Eaten to expel stomach worms; for liver ailments. Unripe fruit mixed with linseed oil and cooked into a paste used on abscesses.

Seed: A well-known remedy for tapeworm in Surinam.


Native to N. Mexico and eastern U.S.A. Now commonly cultivated in Northern India.

See Cucurbita maxima.



Folk medicinal uses

The reputation of pumpkin seeds as a vermifuge is known in Jamaica but there is little evidence of their use. The seeds contain large amounts of protein and oil. Both these and the fruit pulp and rind are said to contain an anthelmintic substance. Steggerda said that pumpkin was reputed, in Jamaica, to be a diuretic.

Nota bibliográfica (en)

1) GONZALEZ, Matías ; LOMBARDO, Atilio ; VALLARINO, Aida. Plantas de la medicina vulgar del Uruguay. Montevideo : Talleres Gráficos, 1937, p.140.

2) CLAUS, P. E.  Pharmacognosy . – 3ª. Ed .  London : Henry Kimpton, 1956. p. 255.

3) Zraidi, A. ; Stift, G. ; Pachner, M. ; Shojaeiyan, A. ; Gong, L. ; Lelley, T. A consensus map for Cucurbita pepo. Molecular Breeding. 2007, vol.20,  nº4, 375-388.

4) Robertt, A., et al.. Medicinal Plants of the Guianas (Guyana, Suriname, French Guyana)/Smithsonian NMNH. cited online: 17-08-2017.

5) Ceballos, Sergio J.; Perea Mario C./ Boletín Latinoamericano y del Caribe de Plantas Medicinales y Aromáticas, vol 13, no 1, 2014. - p. 47 - 68

6) Khare, C.P./ Indian Medicinal Plants. -- Nueva Dheli: Springer, 2007 . - p. 836.

7) Asprey, G.F; Phylis Thornton/ Medicinal plants of Jamaica. Parts I & II. – p. 11.

Cucurbita pepo L
Término aceptado: 24-Oct-2008