This bedraggled white flower appeared above the greenery the other day. I am sure it was there before but I just didn’t notice it. This is a wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata) or prickly cucumber, not to be confused with the Manroots that are also commonly referred to as wild cucumbers. At first I thought it might be a burcucumber (Sicyos angulatus) but that has only 5 petals and this has 6.
Other names include the balsam apple and the mock cucumber. Here’s a close-up. The tendrils remind me of heating elements in a toaster or other appliance!
Here’s a wider view: