Squirting cucumber (Ecballium elaterium)

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Squirting cucumber in flower

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  • The squirting cucumber is so named because it’s ripe fruits explode, ejecting the seeds a considerable distance
  • The squirting cucumber is in flower from June to August
  • For over 2,000 years the squirting cucumber has been used as a medicinal plant
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Squirting cucumber fact file

Squirting cucumber description

KingdomPlantae
PhylumTracheophyta
ClassMagnoliopsida
OrderViolales
FamilyCucurbitaceae
GenusEcballium (1)

Information on the squirting cucumber (Ecballium elaterium) is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

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Squirting cucumber status

The squirting cucumber is not yet classified on the IUCN Red List.

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References

  1. UNEP-WCMC Species Database (July, 2012)
    http://www.unep-wcmc.org/
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Squirting cucumber in flower  
Squirting cucumber in flower

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