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Pacific Northwest Gardening: DOES ANYONE RECOGNIZE THIS PLANT?

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LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

July 24, 2011
11:11 PM

Post #8713472

A friend of mine sent me this picture, asking us to ID it for her. Are the fruits edible? The leaves resemble a squash or cucumber. She found it on a trail between South Prairie and Orting, WA. Thanks.

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patti47
Lynnwood, WA
(Zone 7a)

July 26, 2011
11:00 AM

Post #8716376

Datura. That's my guess
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

July 26, 2011
1:34 PM

Post #8716651

I think it's wild cucumber - echinosystis lobata (and no, I didn't remember that - had to look it up).

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patti47
Lynnwood, WA
(Zone 7a)

July 27, 2011
7:42 AM

Post #8718295

Very interesting katie. It doesn't say if it's edible but I'm guessing it's not. It also looks quite rambunctious.
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

August 2, 2011
9:44 AM

Post #8731980

The common name is pointy green seed packet plant. LOL
LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

August 3, 2011
9:47 PM

Post #8735765

That is too funny, Steve. I have been missing your sense of humor.
thistledownfarm
North Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8b)

August 5, 2011
9:19 PM

Post #8739520

It really isn't edible. However the roots are used medicinally for headaches. I'm sure there are other uses for it too. I believe it's very bitter.
tlhowes
Sweet Home, OR

October 7, 2011
10:29 AM

Post #8839599

This plant is Marah oreganus - Manroot, aka Wild Cucumber. This plant has been used medicinally, but no part of this plant is edible.
The fruits consist of a fleshy skin covering a pithy center filled with flat round seeds the size of a dime. The juice of this plant is extqremely bitter. As kids on the farm, we used to pick these fruits, roll them between the palms of our hands until they became soft, then aim them at each other and squeeze and the seeds would shoot out. We also used the dime-size seeds as play money.

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