Plant ID forum: Wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

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sassafrass
Aug 21, 2011 5:00 PM CST
found this growing in my trees.. my dh says it grow around here alot, but in the 7 yrs. I've been here this is a first for me. do you know what it is?


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dave
Aug 21, 2011 5:28 PM CST

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Is this growing in the south? It might be helpful to know approximately where you found it growing.
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sassafrass
Aug 21, 2011 7:21 PM CST
good thought, it is in South Dakota
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Horntoad
Aug 21, 2011 9:19 PM CST
I believe it is wild cucumber. Not edible.
http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ECLO

http://www.wildflower.org/gallery/result.php?id_image=3727
wildflowersoftexas.com
texasnatureonline.com


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South Dakota (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Region: United States of America Daylilies Irises Farmer Seed Starter
Plant and/or Seed Trader Dog Lover Garden Art Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cut Flowers Vegetable Grower
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sassafrass
Aug 21, 2011 9:50 PM CST
awww.. why yes it is indeed!! I followed your links & then googled more pictures. now I remember coming across this plant in a few other spots of my flower beds, but they didnt get to be this big, (I pulled them out Big Grin ) kinda cool looking, but with youngins around i dont want to take the chance of them thinking it may be edible.
thank you very much for the help!!

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