Strange Prickly Fruit

Kathy KendallApril 1, 2008

Does anyone know what this prickly green thing is? I assume it is a fruit. It was growing on a vine with deeply lobed leaves and was mostly growing in shady areas of Griffith Park in California.

Here is a link that might be useful: Strange prickly fruit

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momamamo

Hi there. The image is not accessible.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2008 at 7:46PM
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Kathy Kendall

Thanks momamamo for letting me know that the link didn't work.
I've put the photo in another location.

Here is a link that might be useful: Prickly Green

    Bookmark   April 2, 2008 at 9:08PM
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janet_e(6B PA)

Some kind of wild cucumber? It looks similar, though not identical, to the species we have in the east (Echinocystis lobata).

    Bookmark   April 2, 2008 at 10:15PM
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Kathy Kendall

By Golly! That is EXACTLY what that is. I would never have
guess a wild cucumber. I am posting a link to a photo I found
that looks exactly like what we found.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wild Cucumber

    Bookmark   April 2, 2008 at 10:33PM
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bob64(6)

Looks like the wild cucumbers that grow here in NY.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2008 at 9:37AM
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aquilachrysaetos

That is California Manroot (Marah Fabaceus). The seeds are poisonous. When ripe, the fruits explode. It's a cal native.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2008 at 9:02PM
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nonmember_gw

Marah macrocarpus. M. fabaceus fruit are smaller and roundish.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2008 at 9:06PM
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