Family: Cucurbitaceae

Scientific Name: Echinocystis lobata

Common Name: Wild Cucumber, Balsam Apple, Mock Apple

DescriptionAn annual herbaceous vine producing a spiky fruit vaguely resembling a cucumber. A creeping or climbing vine.
Plant TypeAll Plants, Wild Flowers
Hardiness Zone4
Sunlightfull to part sun
Moisturewet to moist
Soil & Sitefound growing on stream banks, thickets, roadsides
Flowersflorets are 6-parted, small about 1/3 inch and white, an inflorescence with many male flowers and a few female.
Fruitsoft spined inflated capsule (pepo), four seeds
Leavesalternate, long stalked, palmate, three to five pointed lobes,
Stemsslender vine, creeping or climbing, tendrils
Dimensionsover 20 feet in length
Native SiteAn annual introduction from Europe.
Misc FactsEchinocystis: Greek echinos for "hedgehog" and cystis for "bladder," from prickly fruit lobata: Latin for "lobed" (#100).
Author's NotesThis was a common plant in the woods of South Range, Wisconsin where I grew up.
Notes & Reference#81-Weeds of Northern US and Canada (Royer and Dickinson), #100-Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest (Merel Black and Emmet Judziewicz)
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