Help identify this spiny little gourd

rick_in_va(7 VA)October 1, 2011

Can anyone tell me what this is? Seed package only says "Wild Thing" and implies that it is an unedible cucumber.

But it looks like a little gourd to me. Anyone know the scientific name so I can look it up via USDA database.

Thanks for your help.

Rick

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boston3381(7)

hedgehog gourd,
85 days. Cucumis dipcaseus. Plant produces good yields of small, striped, spiny fruit. A cucumber relative used as a gourd. Keeps for several months. Excellent for painting and making crafts.

hope this helps :o)

    Bookmark   October 1, 2011 at 7:03AM
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rick_in_va(7 VA)

Yes, you are correct. I located it in the USDA plant files.

Cucumis dipsaceus
Hedgehog gourd, Teasel gourd, wild cucumber. Native to Hawaii and Texas. Also found wild in the Virgin Islands.

Thanks for your help. - Rick

    Bookmark   October 1, 2011 at 11:40PM
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TomatoWorm59

Cool, Rick. I'd love some seeds if you have any to spare.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2011 at 11:29PM
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