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strange wild vine with spiny fruit/gourd

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Joined: 4/30/2005
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Posted: Aug/19/2005 5:23 PM PST

Echinocystis lobata
Joined: 5/30/2002
Location: northern minnesota
Posts: 64
Posted: Aug/19/2005 2:07 PM PST

yup they grow all over this area of minnesota
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Joined: 2/28/2005
Location: Alberta Canada
Posts: 460
Posted: Aug/10/2005 3:25 AM PST

Hi Andyroo That is a Wild Cucumber. We have them here in Canada and they are a really neat plant..I am sorry I don't know the scientific name as Wild Cucumber is the only name I know them by..They grow here in the coulees and climb up the trees..I have some seeds from them but I have never planted them in the yard and I really don't know why..If you let the spiny pod ripen the seeds will drop out..
Joined: 4/14/2005
Location: texas,
Posts: 175
Posted: Aug/10/2005 2:11 AM PST

whut iz that thang???????
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Joined: 1/18/2005
Location: Michigan
Posts: 7893
Posted: Aug/10/2005 2:16 AM PST

that's what Andyroo wants to know too, sedum! i haven't got a clue. looks like some exotic fruit of some kind.
Joined: 3/30/2007
Posts: 1690
Posted: Aug/09/2005 10:17 PM PST

Can anyone help me identify this odd climbing vine with weird spiny fruit or gourd things? I found it while bushwhacking through reed canarygrass and cascade blackberries to get to a field site on a stream where we were doing some geology, near Seattle, WA (Issaquah Creek). It appears to compete well with invasives. vine was climbing, to 8m (~25 ft) in trees. Picture was taken in late June.


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Joined: 7/13/2010
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 9
Posted: Jul/13/2010 6:28 PM PST

I agree it is a wild cucumber, but don't let the name fool you, it is not edible.
If you dry the fruit the inner core make GREAT loofah sponges.
Joined: 9/24/2011
Location: ny
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Posted: Sep/24/2011 10:24 AM PST

how do you dry them.... just pick them and dry them while they are green? this looks like something that will take over my trees
Joined: 8/08/2013
Location: Pacific Northwest
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Posted: Aug/08/2013 12:15 PM PST

Echinocystis Oregana
Joined: 8/31/2013
Location: mass
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Posted: Aug/31/2013 4:43 PM PST

yep looks like it three fingered leaf weed or what ?
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