Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
Around 2800 photos of nearly 700 wild plants.
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Ecballium elaterium

Momordique
Squirting Cucumber

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

16-20 mm

Flowering months

March,

April,

May,

June,

July,

August,

September

Leaf type

Deltate,

Cordate

Height

20-40 cm

Description

The fruit when ripe, bursts open, dispersing grains covered in a sticky substance to 2 m or more.

On waste and fallow land, sandy and stony ground, old walls and grassy places.

Flowers

Flower pale yellow, 5 pointed petals. Each petal has green stripes.

Leaves

Cordate heart-shaped, Deltate triangular leaf with stem on one side. Heart-shaped to triangular, undulated, hairy, rough and long-stalked.

Fruits Seeds

Pod: oblong, bristly, green turning yellow with age, up to 5 cm long.

Medical

Fruit: once used internally for oedema associated with kidney complaints, also for rheumatism; externally for sinusitis and painful joints.

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