Taxon: Echinocystis lobata (Michx.) Torr. & A. Gray

Genus: Echinocystis
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Tribe: Sicyoeae
Nomen number: 409854
Place of publication: Fl. N. Amer. 1:542. 1840
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 02-Feb-1998 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 30-Oct-2003
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • prickly-cucumber  (Source: F Canada) - English
  • wild balsam-apple  (Source: F Canada) - English
  • wild cucumber  (Source: F Canada) - English
  • concombre grimpant  (Source: F Canada) - French
  • taggreva  (Source: Kulturvaxtdatabas) - Swedish

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Eur Gard F; D. Decker-Walters)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Eastern Canada: Canada New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec
    • North-Central U.S.A.: United States Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin
    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia
    • Northwestern U.S.A.: United States Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States New Mexico, Texas
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States Arizona, Utah
    • Western Canada: Canada Manitoba, Saskatchewan

  • Cultivated


  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource on 2012 (Kulturvaxtdatabas)
  • Brown, R. G. & M. L. Brown Herbaceous plants of Maryland. 1984 (HPl Mary)
  • Browne, E. T. & R. Athey Vascular plants of Kentucky: an annotated checklist. 1992 (L Kentucky)
  • Decker-Walters, D. 1998. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Gleason, H. A. & A. Cronquist Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada, ed. 2. 1991 (Glea Cron ed2)
  • Jones, G. N. & G. D. Fuller Vascular plants of Illinois. (F IllJones)
  • Kearney, T. H. & R. H. Peebles Arizona flora, ed. 2. (F Ariz)
  • Martin, W. C. & C. R. Hutchins A flora of New Mexico. (F New Mex)
  • McGregor, R. L. et al. (The Great Plains Flora Association) Flora of the Great Plains. (F GPlains)
  • McGregor, R. L. et al. (The Great Plains Flora Association) Atlas of the Flora of the Great Plains. (Atlas GPlains)
  • Ohio Flora Committee (E. L. Braun, T. S. Cooperrider, T. R. Fisher, J. J. Furlow) The vascular flora of Ohio. (F Ohio)
  • Ownbey, G. B. & T. Morley Vascular plants of Minnesota: a checklist and atlas. 1991 (L Minn)
  • Radford, A. E. et al. Manual of the vascular flora of the Carolinas. (F Carolin)
  • Scoggan, H. J. The flora of Canada, 4 vol. (F Canada)
  • Seymour, F. The flora of New England. (F NEng)
  • Smith, E. B. Keys to the flora of Arkansas. (F Arkansas Key)
  • Strausbaugh, T. D. & E. L. Core Flora of West Virginia, ed. 2. (F WVa)
  • Voss, E. Michigan flora. (F Mich)
  • Walters, S. M. et al., eds. European garden flora. (Eur Gard F)
  • Welsh, S. L. et al. A Utah flora. (F Utah ed2)
  • Wetter, M. A. et al. WISFLORA: Wisconsin vascular plant species (on-line resource). (F Wisconsin)
  • Wherry, E. T. et al. Atlas of the flora of Pennsylvania. (Atlas Penn)


Check other web resources for Echinocystis lobata (Michx.) Torr. & A. Gray :


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image