Plant ID forum: Fast Growing Vine with Green Fruit - North Texas USA

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elvislives
Sep 10, 2016 3:11 PM CST
This plant has covered a flowered that I did not plant in this spring, only covered with bark mulch. It is pretty, so I have let it fill the bed - it has climbed up a few shrubs and I have beat it back. Any idea what it is? I have never seen it in five years at this location, or 16 years at my previous location a few miles from here. Thanks! Brandon
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Sep 10, 2016 4:28 PM CST
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Its a Wild Cucmber - Melothria pendula
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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Sep 10, 2016 5:23 PM CST
Looks like maybe M. pendula or M. scabra.
Do not eat the black fruit.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Sep 10, 2016 9:39 PM CST
There's black fruit? Confused
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Herbs Region: Georgia Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Composter
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greene
Sep 11, 2016 4:09 PM CST
If it is M. pendula, yes, the fruit is edible when it is green but then the fruit matures to black and is has an extreme laxative effect.

Here are photos of the edible green fruit and the too-ripe black fruit.
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Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"

elvislives
Sep 11, 2016 9:00 PM CST
Thank you so much for your help! Very interesting, when I cut it open it looks like a miniature cucumber. And thanks for answering the question on whether it is edible! All of the fruit is green, so I will watch and avoid the black fruit!

Great place you have here! :)

Brandon

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