Echinocystis lobata (Wild Cucumber) - photos and description

Echinocystis lobata

Echinocystis lobata

Echinocystis lobata

Echinocystis lobata

Echinocystis lobata

Echinocystis lobata

Echinocystis lobata

Echinocystis lobata

General: Annual vine using its tendrils to climb among nearby shrubs. Stems are angled and are glabrous.

Flowers: Flowers are unisexual, 6-petaled, white, the male flowers growing in dense panicles, the female flowers 1 or 2 in leaf axils. We measured flowers to 2 cm diameter. Flowers fragrant.

Leaves: Leaves are alternate, palmate, leaf blade highlighted in photo above was 14 cm long by 14 cm across. Leaves with short hairs on top and bottom.

Fruit: Fruit is a spiny gourd, which we measured to 4 cm in length.

Height: Budd's Flora lists stems to 6 m in length.

Habitat: Edges of woodland creeks and riverbanks.

Abundance: Listed as common in Checklist of Vascular Plants of Saskatchewan.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Took these photos August 6th on the banks of the Souris River, about 250 km southeast of our home in Regina, SK.