Echinocystis lobata

Wild Cucumber


Balsam Apple, Prickly Cucumber, Wild Balsam Apple, Micrampelis lobata, Momordica echinata

ID Characteristics

Life cycle: Summer annual
Growth Habit: Climbing vine
Propagation: Seed
Leaf Margin: Slightly toothed
Leaf Hairs: Sticky, hairy
Leaf Structure: Lobed in segments of five
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Root Type: Fibrous
Flower Color: Greenish white


Similar Species

  • Burcucumber Sicyos angulatus
  • Leather-flower Clematis virginiana (flower structure)
  • Moonseed, Canada Menispermum canadense
  • Watermelon, Wild Citrullus lanatus

Herbicidal Control Options

  • Preemergence: Selective control option not available
  • Post Emergence: Atrazine, Dicamba

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