Cucurbita pepo (vegetable marrow,
squash). Related species: Cucurbita maxima (pumpkin).
A member of the plant family CUCURBITACEAE. Annual herbaceous plant with large lobed,
hairy leaves. Large oblong fruits which have a smooth or ridged outer skin, mottled
green in colour with a dense, yellow-white flesh, containing large, flat seeds.
Animals most affected
Although poisoning is very rare, it may arise
through ingestion of the seeds.
Contains a number of substances, some of
which are known to be toxic but which have not been fully characterized.
Toxic oral doses are not well established.
In g of seeds/day:
400 for 2-4 days
In ruminants and horses
tachycardia, excitation, tremor, shaking, hyperthermia, possibly diarrhoea.
diarrhoea and excitation.
diarrhoea, motor incoordination. Recovery
is usually satisfactory, without sequelae.
endocardial and epicardial haemorrhages.
No antidote. Symptomatic care only.