Sunday, March 13, 2011

Guadeloupe cucumber

This is Melothria pendula in the family of cucurbitaceae:

And was taken on June 17th 2007.  This is another vine that is native to the lower 48, unlike the previous plant, this has no noxious weed status, rather is endangered in Maryland, threatened in Illinois and bit the bullet in Indiana.  M. pendula goes by a few aliases: in Maryland and Indiana it is call creeping cucumber and in Illinois it is call squirting cucumber.  I find the Illinois name funny.

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