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Identify squash, melon, or something else

Posted by ctblue CT (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 5, 14 at 13:34

Hi. I'd like help identifying a (vegetable?) plant.

I got a load of organically-rich topsoil for a new lawn. The leftover topsoil started growing something. Several people told me that it's some type of squash, but I cannot find pictures of squash/melon/zucchini that has a single stalk. Everything seems to be bush-like or vine-like.

Details that might help: 1-inch wide yellow flowers have just started blossoming. The biggest leaves might be 6 inches across. I am located in central Connecticut. Please see the attached picture. Any other info needed?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.


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RE: Identify squash, melon, or something else

This second picture shows the "single stalk" growth of the plant.


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RE: Identify squash, melon, or something else

Most squash have larger flowers than that.

I don't know about Zucchini or english Cucumbers

It could be Armenian Cucumber - they have small yellow flowers.


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RE: Identify squash, melon, or something else

It is a weed although in Asia some cook the leaves. The common name is velvet leaf. Check out the wiki for more info.


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RE: Identify squash, melon, or something else

Velvet leaf (Abutilon theophrasti) It is just a pretty weed.


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RE: Identify squash, melon, or something else

You guys are great! Velvet leaf it is. Time to start weeding.
Thank you.


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