Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Echinocystis lobata (Michx.) Torr. & A.Gray image
Photographer: Dennis W. Woodland           

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Richard Bauer

Damon A. Smith

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Stephen L. Solheim
Family Cucurbitaceae
Echinocystis lobata (Michx.) Torr. & A.Gray
balsam-apple, wild-cucumber
Echinocystis: Greek echinos for "hedgehog" and cystis for "bladder," from prickly fruit
lobata: Latin for "lobed"
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Status: Native
Plant: annual, herbaceous vine; stems with many branching tendrils
Flower: white, 6-parted, 1/3" wide, male flowers star-like with thin, long petals; inflorescence with male flowers in a long, erect cluster (raceme) interspersed with 1 to a few female flowers; blooms July-Sept.
Fruit:green, oval, 1" long, inflated capsule with soft prickles; 4 seeds
Leaf:long-stalked, 3-5 sharply-triangular lobes
Habitat: wet to moist; streambanks, thickets, roadsides
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Micrampelis lobata (Michx.) Greene
Sicyos lobata Michx.

         
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