No Pickles Here

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!

Wild cucumber or prickly cucumber.

Here’s a wider view:

Wild cucumber vine with flowers

 

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