What flower is that?

Wild Cucumber
Photo credit: Francis Underwood

This is a climbing plant of various habitats.  It often grows in dry waste areas, but may also be found in moist habitats. The leaves are lobed and the flowers are unisexual.  The flowers shown here are staminate. It blooms in August. The prickly fruit persists through the winter.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
 

Echinocystis lobata

Common Name:
 

Wild Cucumber or
Wild Balsam Apple

Family:
  Cucurbitaceae (Gourd Family)
Habitat:
 

wet to moist; streambanks, thickets, and roadsides

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