Cucumber belongs to the Cucurbitaceae botanical family. It is an annual and creeping plant. The male flowers are separated from the female ones, but remain on the same plant. The plant is said to be monoecious. Some varieties are gynoecious (only female flowers) or parthenocarpic (no pollination required). This vegetable is known for its high water content and has a low nutritional value. Cucumber is refreshing and is used as a natural laxative. However, it is low in vitamins and nutrients.