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helenchild
Decatur, GA

July 7, 2012
4:35 AM

Post #9196156

A delicate vine with hanging green fruits or berries. Do you suppose the fruit is useful for wildlife?
Can anyone name it?
Thanks Helen

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DreamOfSpring

DreamOfSpring
Charleston, SC
(Zone 9a)

July 7, 2012
4:46 AM

Post #9196169

That looks like a weed that has plagued my garden for a decade now. It's a curcurbita (member of the squash family). If you allow it to grow, it will eventually cover other plants. In my yard it covered 2/3 of a small tree before I got an ID and started ripping it out of the garden. I've still not managed to get rid of it entirely, so beware.

I'm not sure whether any wildlife will eat the fruit/seeds. My guess is 'no', since my plant was covered in fruit even when I had a yard full of birds by day plus raccoon guests by evening.

DreamOfSpring

DreamOfSpring
Charleston, SC
(Zone 9a)

July 7, 2012
4:55 AM

Post #9196177

Ok. Looks like I was wrong about the curcurbita thing. (It was cucumber, not squash.) Here is the thread where I asked for ID's for the one in my garden. Apparently, the only picture I had showing the weed was the lily pic with the weed in the background on the left. Link: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/486711/

Edited to add that I finally decided mine was: 'creeping cucumber' (Melothria pendula) : http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/54306/index.html.

Some of the other suggestions I got for mine were:

One-Seeded Bur Cucumber (Sicyos angulatus)

http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/32170/index.html

California Manroot, Wild Cucumber, Bigroot (Marah fabaceus)

http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/56627/index.html

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victorengel
Austin, TX

July 7, 2012
7:53 AM

Post #9196384

Looks like Mexican sour Gherkin, Melothria scabra.

DreamOfSpring

DreamOfSpring
Charleston, SC
(Zone 9a)

July 7, 2012
8:24 AM

Post #9196415

Melothria scabra & Melothria pendula are very close in appearance. I think the color of the fruit looks more like Melothria pendula. Here are the plant files pics and info for both:

Melothria scabra: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/72523/
Melothria pendula: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/54306/

I noticed that in both cases if you read the comments in PF, people describe them as 'positive' and indicate that the fruit is edible (for humans). According to the comments, M. pendula tastes like cucumber, while M. scabra tastes like a pickle (sweet/sour). If you are willing to taste one of the fruit (very small taste), you may be able to determine which it is that way.

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