Mystery “watermelon” vine

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Date Photo Taken: 09/02/2013
Location: Simpsonville, SC
Posted By: dawgtoons


This vine started coming up as a volunteer in my garden. At first I thought it was a watermelon vine, but as the fruit started growing, I noticed they had spikes. Any ideas?

I thought maybe it was wild cucumber, but the leaves don’t match. Other ideas from Google are Cucumis africanus, bitter melon, or paddy melon, but they are not from this area.


  1. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    I think you’re right about it being a wild cucumber. There are several different varieties on the wild side of that family.

    September 4th, 2013 at 10:09 am
  2. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    thought it might be related to buffalobur (solanum rostratum)… but no thorns…

    Searched Citrullus and then Cucumis…

    I think I tracked it down…

    Compare with Cucumis anguria; West Indian gherkin

    some people grow it as food…

    September 4th, 2013 at 11:15 am
  3. dawgtoons Unregistered says:

    Yes, that looks just like it! I wonder how it could have gotten here in the Upstate of SC? Earlier in the year I planted some mixed greens in that spot. Maybe a seed made its way into the packet?

    September 4th, 2013 at 1:36 pm
  4. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    Way to go Stone, that’s pert’near a triple attaboy and back pat! I’ve seen so many leaf and stem galls this year I was thinking in that vein. Wow that would have been a heap big crow meal for sure!

    September 4th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

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