squirting cucumber

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squirting cucumber:

see gourdgourd
, common name for some members of the Cucurbitaceae, a family of plants whose range includes all tropical and subtropical areas and extends into the temperate zones.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Squirting Cucumber


(Ecballium elaterium), a perennial herbaceous plant of the family Cucurbitaceae. Its stems are extended or ascending, and are stiff and rough. The leaves are cordate, with gray, feltlike undersides. The flowers are pale yellow and diclinous; the male flowers are in racemes, and the female are single. The plants are predominantly monoecious. The elongated fruits are bristly, about the size of a plum. Squirting cucumber grows mainly along the coast of the mediterranean and the Black sea, in dry open places. In the USSR it is found in the southern European part, the Caucasus, and, more rarely, in Middle Asia, usually in sands and weedy spots. In the ripe stage, the fruits break off the fruit stalk at the lightest touch; during this process a bitter liquid and seeds are forcefully ejected from the opening which forms at the spot of the detached pedicel. This process facilitates seed dispersal.


Atlas lekarstvennykh rastenii SSSR. Moscow, 1962.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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(Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) as a biocontrol agent for Squirting cucumber, Ecballium elaterium (L.) A.
These results are in agreement with those of Attard and Scicluna-Spiteri, (2001), who demonstrated that MS media containing 5 mg/l NAA produced cucurbitacin-E content of 2.970% in undifferentiated callus cultures of Ecballium elaterium. Additionally, Nikolaeva et al, (2009) reported that the presence of NAA in the nutrient medium elevated the biosynthetic ability of callus cultures of tea plant (Camellia sinensis L.) and especially stimulated the accumulation of total soluble phenolics.
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1986) to separate the environmental and genetic components of phenotypic variation in breeding system in the monoecious and dioecious sub-species of Ecballium elaterium across a range of environments.
Three sites were chosen for the experimental plots, representative of the ecological extremes of the distributions of the two subspecies of Ecballium elaterium in Spain.
Since flowers of Ecballium elaterium are unisexual, I examined male and female flower production separately.
One of the goals of this study was to document the extent to which the evolutionary divergence of the two [TABULAR DATA FOR TABLE 5 OMITTED] subspecies of Ecballium elaterium has affected the life histories and reproductive biologies of these taxa.
Natural populations of Ecballium elaterium are usually small ([less than]100 individuals) and quite isolated from one another, further restricting the possibility of multiple invasions.
Monoecious Ecballium elaterium is more widespread than the dioecious subspecies, and by far the most commonly found subspecies on islands, throughout the Mediterranean, in the Canary Islands, and in the Azores.
The ecology of breeding-system variation in Ecballium elaterium (L.) A.
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Sur la genetique de la monoecie et la dioecie zygotique chez Ecballium elaterium Rich.