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Bruso, George H.
Echinocystis lobata (Michx.) Torr. & A. Gray
Synonym(s): Micrampelis lobata, Sicyos lobata
USDA Symbol: ECLO
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
A climbing vine with an angular stem and small, greenish-white flowers. The flower stalks and 3-forked tendrils arise in leaf axils.
As the common name suggests, the fruit is like a cucumber, but inedible. A somewhat similar vine, the Star Cucumber (Sicyos angulatus), also has maple-like leaves, but 5-petaled flowers and 1-seeded fruits in clusters of 10, each about 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) long.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Vine Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, WY Canada: MB
, SK Native Distribution:
Saskatchewan to New Brunswick; south to Florida; west to Texas; but very rare in the Southeast. Native Habitat:
Moist woods, stream banks.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2012-07-14
Research By: TWC Staff