E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Echinocystis lobata (Michx.) Torr. & A. Gray
wild cucumber (prickly cucumber)
Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Climbing annual herb; the vines with tendrils.
Stem leaves alternate, palmately 5-lobed, stalked, the stalks up to 15 cm long, short rough-hairy, heart-shaped at the base with the mostly triangular lobes remotely callous-toothed.
Inflorescence of axillary panicles; perianth bell-shaped with flaring lobes, greenish-white; corolla lobes spreading, narrowly lanceolate, usually 3-6 mm long, 1 mm wide.
Inflated spiny bladders, ellipsoid or suborbicular, fibrous-netted within; seeds flattened, rough.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist meadows and thickets in the lowland and steppe zones; rare in SW and SC BC; introduced from E North America.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Micrampelis lobata (Michx.) Greene
Sicyos lobata Michx.

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