What plant is that?

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Wild Cucumber
Photo credit:© Francis R. Underwood 2009

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
  Cucurbitaceae (Gourd Family)
  wet to moist; streambanks, thickets, and roadsides
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