Species Factsheet

Echinocystis lobata


Complete name: Echinocystis lobata (Michx.) Torr. & Gray.
Taxonomy: Magnoliophyta » Magnoliophyta » Rosopsida » Cucurbitales » Cucurbitaceae » Echinocystis lobata
Authors: Stefan Klotz
Last updated: January 17th, 2007

Common Names

Wild cucumber, wild balsam apple.


Echinocystis echinata (Mühl.) Britt., Sterns et Poggenbg.
Echinocystis lobata (Michx.) Torr. & A. Gray
Sicyos lobata Michx.

Short Description

This annual growing vine can climb up to 12 m. It is a very fast growing plant, producing many branches at a fast rate. It germinates in May, flowers from July to September and leaves die in October. The flowers are monoecious and greenish to white. Both sexes can be found on the same plant. The wild cucumber is pollinated by insects but it is also self-fertile. The plant is often damaged by late and early frosts.