Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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

Botanical Illustration

Richard Bauer

Damon A. Smith

Matthew L. Wagner

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

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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Detailed Distribution:
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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

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Echinocystis list Ethnobotany Information Google- Images or Text
Micrampelis lobata (Michx.) Greene
Sicyos lobata Michx.

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