Common Name: Wild
This annual herb grows as a vine and has large star shaped leaves and
bunches of white flowers. The fruiting bodies are round with soft spikes
Leaves: The leaves are up to 6 inches long. They have from 3 to 7 sharp triangular points and are green in color.
Flowers: The flowers are greenish white and have 6 petals. They are often found growing in clusters along the vine.
Seeds: The fruit is green and inflated. It can be up to 2 inches long and is covered in soft prickles.
Stem: The stem divides into forking tendrils used which are used in climbing.
Branching Pattern: Alternate
Height: up to 15 feet long
Conditions/Habitat/Kind of Forest: This vine can be seen growing in waste grounds, thickets, floodplain forest and along stream banks. It requires moist soil to grow.
Known Wildlife Interactions: The flowers are insect pollinated.
Range: It can be found through out U.S.A. proper and in southern Canada.
Conservation Status-US/ World Wide: Not threatened in the U.S. or globally.
Uses (Human): None known
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This page was created by: A. Coiro,
Photos by: L. Rosenberg, edited by N. Smith
Last updated 04/25/06