Common name: Squirting Cucumber
Ecballium elaterium (L.) A.Rich. APNI*
Description: Trailing perennial herb.
Leaves with lamina triangular to ovate, 8–20 cm long, 6–15 cm wide, base cordate, scabrous, lower surface white-tomentose; petiole 5–15 cm long.
Male peduncles 5–15 cm long, pedicels 1–3 cm long. Female pedicels 0.5–3 cm long. Corolla c. 10 mm long, yellow. Ovary 6–15 mm long.
Fruit 3–5 cm long, pedicel to 15 cm long; seeds 5 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Summer-growing weed; rare in N.S.W. Widely naturalized in trop. & temp. regions of the world.
NSW subdivisions: *SWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *Vic. *S.A.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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