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Help identify this spiny little gourd

Posted by rick_in_va 7 VA (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 1, 11 at 2:31

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.


Here is a link that might be useful: Green ball with soft spines

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RE: Help identify this spiny little gourd

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)

RE: Help identify this spiny little gourd

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

RE: Help identify this spiny little gourd

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

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