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Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin Patch
Cucurbita pepo var. pepo, Cucurbitaceae
UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research,
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 35 mm f/1.8
September 23, 2013

While my parents were visiting last week we took a trip with my Uncle to the Botanical Garden at UBC. While we were visiting out of prime season I was blown away by the size and diversity on the garden. I’ll definitely need to return in the spring when there extensive collection of Magnolias and Rhododendrons are blooming. Despite the late season we did see some colourful plants like this Pumpkin. Fun fact: a modified berry with a hard rind such as this pumpkin is known botanically as a Pepo.

  • Tony Blake October 3, 2013, 7:57 pm

    Pepo is easy to spell, but how do you pronounce it? Is it “PEE -poe”, “PEP-oe”, or something else?

    • ajblake October 4, 2013, 7:23 am

      It is a latin root meaning pumpkin or large melon and it would be “PEE-poe” based on the pronunciation listed here


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