I-spy an unusual vine

I noticed this vine yesterday. growing on the edge of a stand of saplings. I’ve become more familiar with the more common Oriental Bittersweet vines and Poison Ivy that infest the trees here, so this one stood out somewhat because of it’s extra large leaf which is about 8 inches across.

What is it? Indigenous? Invasive? Poisonous? I can’t seem to find any information on it.

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The verdict is in!  It’s all three things, indigenous, invasive and poisonous.   Apparently, native Americans would chop up the root, pulverize it, then throw it into a lake or pond to stun the fish.

The ‘cucumbers’ look like this –wild-cucumber-11-9-_1095

We’ll know in a few weeks when the pods start developing hopefully!

Here’s a good article on Wild Cucumber

Author: Mike Caswell

I live in Fairport, and my home is at The Oxbow section of The Erie Canal. I fish, have a pontoon boat and like messing in boats. (see www.mud-skipper.com). I'm retired and enjoy every day living here with my wife Carol and our two dogs.

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