Taxon: Ecballium elaterium (L.) A. Rich.

Genus: Ecballium
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Tribe: Bryonieae
Nomen number: 14775
Place of publication: J. B. G. M. Bory de Saint-Vincent, Dict. class. hist. nat. 6:19. 1824
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 11-May-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 16-Feb-2012
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6)
Accessions: 9 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard)
  • Weed: (fide Noxweed Aust)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • Northern Africa: Algeria ; Libya ; Morocco ; Tunisia
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Caucasus: Armenia ; Azerbaijan ; Georgia ; Russian Federation-Ciscaucasia Ciscaucasia
    • Western Asia: Cyprus ; Iran ; Israel ; Jordan ; Lebanon ; Syria ; Turkey
  • Europe

    • Eastern Europe: Moldova ; Ukraine
    • Southeastern Europe: Albania ; Bulgaria ; Former Yugoslavia ; Greece ; Italy ; Romania
    • Southwestern Europe: France ; Portugal ; Spain

  • Naturalized



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