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  • Date Photo Taken

    09 / 02 / 2013

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    South Carolina

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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.


  • Bobby Master Identifier 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 6:49pm

  • dawgtoons Leaf Lover 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 1:13pm

  • stone Master Identifier 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 11:53am

  • parityanimal Master Identifier 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 10:41am

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