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Burcucumber
Sicyos angulatus L.
Family- Cucurbitaceae, includes Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus) & Squash (Cucurbita maxima)

Other names: Star cucumber, nimble kate, one-seeded bur cucumber



 


Farmers dislike this weed because the vines often impede the harvesting process


Note the very distinctive leaf shape, along with the bristles covering the top, underside, and stem.

Characteristics

Leaves: Alternate, Simple, often in a Whorl,
Singly Saw-Toothed, with Fat teeth, 3 to 5 Lobes.
Covered small gland-like Bubbles, increasing toward edge. Bristly leaves and stem. Leaf about 15 x 18 cm.

Tendrils: Present at stembase, branched

Flowers: Greenish-White, blooming July to September

Fruits: Ovate, in clusters of 3-20, covered in Bristles, Appear to be cucumbers covered in burs.

Growing Method: By its Forked Tendrils

Location: Kutz and Newton
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