What kind of squash/cucumber is this?

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


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.


  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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