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Strange Prickly Fruit

Posted by mama_bear (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 1, 08 at 18:32

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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RE: Strange Prickly Fruit

Hi there. The image is not accessible.


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RE: Strange Prickly Fruit

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


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RE: Strange Prickly Fruit

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


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RE: Strange Prickly Fruit

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


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RE: Strange Prickly Fruit

Looks like the wild cucumbers that grow here in NY.


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RE: Strange Prickly Fruit

  • Posted by dis_ z9 CA (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 11, 08 at 21:02

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


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RE: Strange Prickly Fruit

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


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