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IPM1021, New December 2003

Vine Weeds of Missouri

Burcucumber (Sicyos angulatus)


Growth habit

  • Summer annual

Other names

  • Star cucumber


  • Europe and Asia

Control classification

  • Moderately difficult


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Burcucumber has tendrils that aid the plant in climbing. The leaves are usually 5-lobed, occasionally 3-lobed and alternate along the stems. A noticeable feature of the plant is the sticky hairs that are present on the stems and leaves. The fruit of burcucumber is produced in clusters and covered with stiff spines. Each fruit produces a single seed. The plant is sensitive to frost and will die after the first fall frost.

In Missouri, burcucumber is most often encountered in alluvial river bottom areas. Burcucumber.


Wild thing

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