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Echinocystis lobata, Micrampelis lobata, Momordica echinata, Sicyos lobata, Wild Cucumber, Balsam Apple, Prickly Cucumber, Wild Balsam Apple

Scientific name:  Echinocystis lobata (Michx.) Torr. & A. Gray
Synonym name:  Micrampelis lobata (Michx.) Greene, Momordica echinata, Sicyos lobata Michx
Common name:  Wild Cucumber, Balsam Apple, Prickly Cucumber, Wild Balsam Apple
Family:  Cucurbitaceae, Gourd family

Echinocystis lobata, Wild Cucumber, Balsam Apple, Prickly Cucumber, Wild Balsam Apple

Life form:  Annual vine
Stems:  Vine climbs by means of long tendrils
Leaves:  Alternate, simple, lobed
Inflorescence:  Upright racemes
Flowers:  6 White petals
Fruits / pods:   Soft-prickly oval sphere, with hard dry seeds inside
Flowering Period:  July, August
Habitat:  Forests, Fields and Open Areas; Open forest edges.

Echinocystis lobata, Wild Cucumber, Balsam Apple, Prickly Cucumber, Wild Balsam Apple


Derivation of the botanical name:
Echinocystis, Echino, Latin echinus, meaning hedgehog which is covered with spines; cystis, Greek kystis, a sac or bladder.
lobata, Latin meaning with lobes.
  • The standard author abbreviation Michx. is used to indicate André Michaux (1746 – 1802, a French botanist and explorer.
  • The standard author abbreviation Torr. is used to indicate John Torrey (1796 – 1873), an American botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation A. Gray is used to indicate Asa Gray (1810 – 1888) , the most important American botanist of the 19th century.

Echinocystis lobata, Wild Cucumber, Balsam Apple, Prickly Cucumber, Wild Balsam Apple


 
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