Echinocystis lobata (Michx.) Torr. & A.Gray
Family: Cucurbitaceae
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Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Echinocystis: Greek echinos for "hedgehog" and cystis for "bladder," from prickly fruit
Plants: annual, herbaceous vine; stems with many branching tendrils
Leaves: long-stalked, 3-5 sharply-triangular lobes
Flowers: white, 6-parted, 1/3" wide, male flowers star-like with thin, long petals; inflorescence with male flowers in a long, erect cluster (raceme) interspersed with 1 to a few female flowers; blooms July-Sept.
Fruits: green, oval, 1" long, inflated capsule with soft prickles; 4 seeds
Habitat: wet to moist; streambanks, thickets, roadsides
Conservation Status: Native
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Dennis W. Woodland  
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Merel R. Black  
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Stephen L. Solheim  
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Matthew L. Wagner  
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Christopher Noll  
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Richard Bauer  
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Damon A. Smith  
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Paul Drobot  
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Paul Drobot  
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Paul Drobot  
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Botanical Illustration  
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Aaron_Carlson  
Echinocystis lobata image
Aaron_Carlson  
Echinocystis lobata image
Echinocystis lobata image
Aaron_Carlson  
Echinocystis lobata image
Aaron_Carlson  
Echinocystis lobata image
Echinocystis lobata image
Aaron_Carlson  
Echinocystis lobata image
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