Ecballium elaterium (L.) A.Rich.

Squirting Cucumber

in Bory, Dict. Class. Hist. Nat. 6: 19 (1824) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Leaves with lamina 4–6 cm long, 4–7.5 cm wide, scabrous-hairy above, white-tomentose below; petiole 3.5–7 cm long, scabrous to tomentose. Male flowers on peduncles 1–6 cm long, pedicels 0.5–2 cm long; petals c. 1 cm long, yellow. Female flowers on peduncles 0.5–3 cm long; petals 0.5–1 cm long, yellow; ovary 0.5–1.5 cm long, brown, white-tomentose. Fruit 2–5 cm long, 1–1.5 cm wide; seeds 0.5 cm long, dark brown, smooth. Flowers and fruits Jan.–May.

*CVU, *Gold, *GGr, *MuM, *OtP, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also SA, NSW. Occurs in weedy areas such as railway reserves and roadsides, usually in drier regions.

Source: Jobson, P.C. (1996). Cucurbitaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2016-01-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Cucurbitales
family Cucurbitaceae
genus Ecballium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Ecballium elaterium in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Ecballium elaterium in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present introduced
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
Greater Grampians present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales