A species originating in either Central America or northern South America. It includes cultivars of squash and pumpkin. Because it is a cultivated plant, its physical description varies considerable. While not native to Connecticut, it is very common to see squashes and pumpkins growing here. Often in gardens and on farms, but because the seeds are readily transported by animals, they can occasionally be found growing other places, such as the woods, waste areas, etc... Since they are also a common food source for humans, they are often found growing in compost piles.