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Echinocystis lobata (Wild cucumber)
Bengston, Bennie

Echinocystis lobata

Echinocystis lobata (Michx.) Torr. & A. Gray

Wild Cucumber

Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber Family)

Synonym(s): Micrampelis lobata, Sicyos lobata


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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Vine
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Pepo
Fruit: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AR , AZ , CO , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SD , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: MB , NB , 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 Conditions

Light 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.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Echinocystis lobata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Echinocystis lobata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Echinocystis lobata


Record Modified: 2018-08-30
Research By: TWC Staff

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