University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Vegetables

Squash, Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo)

Fruits are thin-skinned with solid, crisp succulent interiors. There is no seed cavity (unlike cucumbers). Fruits are elongated, somewhat larger at the blossom-end, and range in color from dark green to bright yellow. Some are striped while others are solid color. The skin is ridged and dry, while cucumber skin is waxy and often bumpy. The large, yellow flower blossoms are either male or female. While zucchini grows as a bush, the stems may appear vine-like at times. Leaves are large, deeply notched, and show a mottling of silvery, light green on a darker green background. The seed is white and flat.