Plant ID forum: Help me identify this volunteer

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DontGet2close
Jul 31, 2016 12:23 PM CST
Squash? Gourd? Edible...
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 31, 2016 1:16 PM CST
Hi DontGet2close, Welcome!

I've proposed to move this over to the Plant ID forum where some of our super duper plant identifiers will see it. It sure looks like an edible squash to me The Gourds, Squashes and Pumpkins Database but I don't know which one. I'm sure someone will be along though before long to give you an exact ID.
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Ursula
Jul 31, 2016 7:03 PM CST
This looks exactly like the volunteer in our yard. Someone had placed a Pumpkin in that spot last Fall.
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ctcarol
Jul 31, 2016 7:06 PM CST
That is a gourd of some kind. I'm not familiar with gourds, so I hope someone that is will respond.
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DaisyI
Jul 31, 2016 7:07 PM CST
If it's a volunteer and you are any of your neighbors grew squash, pumpkins, gourds... it is a hybrid of some kind. Hard to say if it's edible - you will have to try it.
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lauriebasler
Aug 2, 2016 5:19 AM CST
We call it skunk cabbage in Washington State. It grows around still water. I am not sure if the flower actually stinks, it the murky water makes us think it stinks. They are lovely.

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sooby
Aug 2, 2016 6:14 AM CST
DaisyI said:If it's a volunteer and you are any of your neighbors grew squash, pumpkins, gourds... it is a hybrid of some kind. Hard to say if it's edible - you will have to try it.


I agree

Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 2, 2016 8:30 AM CST
I googled but couldn't find any photos of American Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) with fruit like the gourd looking thing in DontGet2close's photo.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 2, 2016 10:34 AM CST
Maybe Laurie wandered into the wrong thread. Definitely not Skunk Cabbage.
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Aug 2, 2016 12:46 PM CST
Definitely not!! Skunk cabbage is an Arum, with spade like blooms emerging in early Spring

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