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Need help ID'ing this vine or melon type plant.

Posted by michiganpete 5 (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 21, 14 at 21:02

Vine growing in mostly shaded areas, marshy soil, near a stream, in June. No flowers, seed heads or fruit was ever observed though out the rest of the year.

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RE: Need help ID'ing this vine or melon type plant.

Echinocystis or Sicyos perhaps?

RE: Need help ID'ing this vine or melon type plant.

Sicyos angulatus looks like a good candidate, it is the only Sicyos present in MI. The leaf shape is very similar but it is suppose to have hairy vines and the photo I have of the vines shows them smooth. I guess the most confusing thing about this vine is the fact that it never had flowers or fruit, and I checked it closely all through the year. Echinocystis lobata was observed in another location but it's leaves are much more pointed, it had profuse white flowers and was covered in spiny fruits in the late summer, which is why it was much easier to ID.

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