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Wild Cucumber

Echinocystis lobata (Michx.) Torr. & Gray

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Found in:

  • Moist rich soil in areas such as woodland edges, landscapes and thickets

Characteristics:

  • Creeping or climbing annual vine that grows to 25’
  • Twining stems are often grooved and angled
  • Bright green plants climb on surrounding vegetation
  • Leaves are Maple leaf-shaped and sandpapery with a heart-shaped base
  • Long, curly, branched tendril is opposite the leaf
  • Flowers are white to greenish yellow or yellowish green
  • Fruit is covered with sharp spines and contains 4 seeds

Significance

  • Weedy plant that spreads by seed
  • Alternate host plant for cucurbit (cucumber, squash) crop diseases and Prunus viruses

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