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Ecballium elaterium leaf with coccinellid
Ecballium elaterium plant
Ecballium elaterium - leaf
Ecballium elaterium - detail of fruits
Ecballium elaterium flower
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CURCUBITALES
Ecballium elaterium (L.) A.Rich.
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The Squirting cucumber (Ecballium elaterium) is a common plant with small yellowish monoecious flowers and large oblong fruits. The chordate leaves are rough, hairy and sticky. The fruits, when ripe, ‘explode’ at the slightest touch and deliver the seeds and a mucilaginous mix at high speed as a squirt of liquid. The plant is host to the coccinellids of the genus Henosepilachna (elaterii and argus).
Ecballium elaterium - leaves
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28/11/12
Detail of fruits
Ecballium elaterium leaf detail with coccinellid feeding on leaf (Henosepilachna sp.)
Ecballium elaterium - flower