Plant A Day – Wild Cucumber

Wild Cucumber Echinocystis lobata

Wild Cucumber
Echinocystis lobata

Wild Cucumbers are striking plants.  These plants are found in woodlands, often near water.  They’re viney things that drape across other plants and produce bunches of little cucumber looking fruits.  They’re not edible like cucumbers, but they look cool.

Wild Cucumbers are unique in that they are the only member of the genus Echinocystis and, as near as I can find, there are no subspecies.  It’s nice to find a plant that’s easy to identify!

Wild Cucumber is easily identifiable by its crazy looking pods.  They look like small cucumbers with big spikes.

Wild Cucumber is easily identifiable by its crazy looking pods. They look like small cucumbers with big spikes.

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