Echinocystis

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Echinocystis lobata
Echinocystis lobata.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Subfamily: Cucurbitoideae
Tribe: Sicyeae
Subtribe: Cyclantherinae
Genus: Echinocystis
Torr. & A.Gray
Species: E. lobata
Binomial name
Echinocystis lobata
(Michx.) Torr. & A. Gray
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Echinocystis is a monotypic genus in the gourd/melon/cucumber family Cucurbitaceae, with the sole species Echinocystis lobata, commonly called wild cucumber, prickly cucumber, or balsam apple.

Distribution[edit]

Echinocystis lobata is an annual vine native across North America. It is found in forty-one U.S. states (excluding only California, Nevada, Hawaii, and Alaska; and most of the far Southeastern states); and nine Canadian provinces.

Vernacular nomenclature[edit]

"Wild cucumber" is a very common vernacular name for two different plants:

  • the annual plant, native to northern states and Canada — "Echinocystis lobata"
  • the perennial plant, native to southern California and Baja California (Mexico) — "Marah" species.

Some authors include the genus Marah (manroots) within the genus Echinocystis.

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