Sicyos angulatus
(Star Cucumber)

Other pictures of this plant:

               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Star Cucumber, One-Seed Bur Cucumber, Bur Cucumber
    Lifespan: Annual
    Zones: N/A
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: August - October
    Status: Native

Sicyos angulatus, or Star Cucumber, is native to the eastern half of the United States. It is an annual vine that grows on the edges of crop fields, in thickets, on edges of streams and in wet woods. It blooms late in the season, usually in late summer and early fall, with clusters of green flowers.

This plant is distinct in its own right, but it looks most similar to Echinocystis lobata, another annual vine, but the two can be readily distinguished because Sicyos angulatus has green flowers, and its seeds form without a pod, right where the flowers were, and they are spiny. Echinocystis lobata on the other hand has white flowers, and its spine-less seeds form inside a large pod. See image for a comparison of the two.

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