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Wild Cucumber : Kentucky IPM

Burcucumber (Sicyos angulatus)

Burcucumber is a warm-season annual broadleaf weed that emerges throughout the summer in corn and soybean fields. It has thick, fleshy, oblong cotyledons which have a shiny, dark green color. The leaves are large, somewhat lobed, and are alternately arranged on a viney stem that may grow fifteen to twenty-five feet in length.

Fruit of burcucumber occur in clusters and are covered with barbed prickles.

Wild Cucumber seedling

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