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Old 07-04-2012, 09:37 AM   #1
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What is this vine?

Can anyone assist me in identifying this vine? The fruit is approximately one inch in size and looks like a small striped watermelon prior to ripening to a bright orange color. Birds love it as can be seen by the hollowed-out ripened fruit.
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:54 AM   #2
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I think it's creeping cucmber.

Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula)
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I think it's creeping cucmber.

Creeping Cucumber (Melothria pendula)
Thanks!

It does appear very similar, but a quick Google search shows the Creeping Cucumber (BTW, that's a great plant name!) fruit to be smaller, elongated and turn black when ripe.

Maybe something in the same family?
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What about this:

Ibervillea lindheimeri (Lindheimer's globeberry) | NPIN
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Ding! Ding! Ding!

We have a winner!

CAUDICIFORM Ibervillea lindheimeri
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Looks like a smell melon to me. I don't know about Texas, but in Mississippi smell melons are considered to be noxious weeds.

Years ago I took a sample to our county agent. This is a county with lots of REAL farmers. He acted like it was a wreath of poison ivy.

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Jake, the smell melon (another great plant name!) does look similar but I'm pretty sure it is the globeberry/snake apple FIREd identified. The smell melon info says...
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When you cut them open the seed pattern looks exactly like a cucumber.
The inside of my snake apple fruit looks this - not at all like a cucumber:
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Gotta kill those roots, too.

Around here, the bitter melon will sneak up inside a hedge or a bush and just take it over from the inside before you realize what's happening. The birds spread them far & wide, so you never know where they're coming from.

They don't quite burst out of the vegetation like the lead character on the movie "Alien", but by the time you discover one you'll strip out a five-gallon bucket of the vines.
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Gotta kill those roots, too.

Around here, the bitter melon will sneak up inside a hedge or a bush and just take it over from the inside before you realize what's happening. The birds spread them far & wide, so you never know where they're coming from.

They don't quite burst out of the vegetation like the lead character on the movie "Alien", but by the time you discover one you'll strip out a five-gallon bucket of the vines.
I'm not worried about this vine taking over anything around here. With our heat and low levels of rainfall I'm amazed that it managed to survive, much less bloom and put on fruit.
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I'm not worried about this vine taking over anything around here. With our heat and low levels of rainfall I'm amazed that it managed to survive, much less bloom and put on fruit.
Like a desert flower!

Or a cockroach.

Maybe in your area their seeds are spread by javelinas...
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Looks like a smell melon to me. I don't know about Texas, but in Mississippi smell melons are considered to be noxious weeds.

Years ago I took a sample to our county agent. This is a county with lots of REAL farmers. He acted like it was a wreath of poison ivy.

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Small melons, perhaps mappops.
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