Cucumis sativus

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Cucumis sativus, Linn. Cucumber. Figs. 1125, 1126. Long- running, prickly: Lvs. usually 3-lobed (or strongly angled), the middle lobe most prominent and often pointed: fr. prickly or muricate, at least when young, but in some varieties becoming smooth, mostly oblong, the flesh white. S. Asia. See Cucumber. Runs into many fr.-forms in cult., but not so widely polymorphous as C. Melo. — Var. anglicus, Bailey. Figs. 1121, 1122. English or Forcing Cucumber. A product of cult, and selection, distinguished from the common or field cucumbers follows: frs. (and ovaries) very long and slender, little if any furrowed, spineless or nearly so when grown, nearly or quite green at maturity, comparatively few-seeded: fls. very large: Lvs. very broad in proportion to their length, with shallower sinuses: vines very vigorous, with long and thick tendrils.— Var. sikkimensis, Hook, f., cult, in the Himalayan Mts., but not known to be in this country: has large 7-9-lobed Lvs. and cylindrical-club- shaped fr. B.M. 6206. CH

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