Photo by eattheweeds.com
Photo by Jeffrey Pippen
Much of the eastern and central U.S. and beyond, including Florida, now
scattered in many of parts of the world
and distribution: Throughout
Clinging vine with coiled tendrils.
Leaves alternate, with 3-5 lobes, usually dark green, up to about 3
inches long and wide, largest at the base of the vine and tapering to the top of
the vine, which may be several feet long.
Flowers small, yellow, with 5 petals.
Fruits resemble very small watermelons smelling like cucumbers and turn
black when ripe. Seeds white.
Fed to animals in Mexico, apparently safe for human consumption when the fruit
is light green, and eaten in moderation. The
ripe black fruit reportedly can function as a laxative.
Contributed by: William Mallarkey.