What kind of squash/cucumber is this?

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Date Photo Taken: August 28, 2011
Location: Seattle, WA
Posted By: NoviceGardener

Notes:

This is a volunteer plant in my yard. The plant is approx. 10 feet long x 6 feet wide and has tendrils allowing it to climb. It has yellow blossoms like you typically see on squash or cucumber plants. The fruit weighs just under two pounds, is 5 inches tall (to the base of the stem), has a circumference of 14.5 inches, and has a smooth green and white striped/spotted skin (no spines) with yellow flesh. The leaves of the plant range from 7-20 inches at their widest point. The vines of the plant are about 1/4 inch thick. There are multiple fruits on this plant ranging from the size of a tennis ball to this large fruit described above.

I believe this to be some kind of cucumber, but do not know for certain. I have been told by my local nursery that there are native toxic/poisonous cucumbers in Washington State. I want to know what this is, and if it is okay to eat or if it is toxic. Any information anyone can provide is much appreciated.

COMMENTS

  1. Bobby Unregistered says:

    This article on Walters site may help solve the mystery! http://www.walterreeves.com/food-gardening/squashpumpkincucumberwatermelon-pollination-explanation/

    August 29th, 2011 at 8:20 pm
  2. helga king Unregistered says:

    looks like an immature buttercup squash (winter)

    September 3rd, 2011 at 11:37 pm

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