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Ecballium elaterium, more commonly known as the squirting cucumber, is a plant in the cucumber/gourd family. It gets its name from the fact that when ripe it squirts a stream of liquid containing its seeds, this is able to be seen by the naked eye. The seeds can travel anything up to 20 ft from the plant. It is suspected to provide food for the caterpillars of the tortrix moth, phtheochroa rugosana.
This plant, especially its fruit, is poisonous, and in the ancient world it was considered to be an abortifacient (cause of miscarriage). In Turkey the fresh fruit of this plant is directly applied into the nostrils for the treatment of sinusitis. It is also considered an analgesic, anti-rheumatic, anti-cancer, and purgative drug.
A species of ladybird lives entirely on this plant, henosipalachna elaterii or gourd ladybird, She is an orange brown colour with 12 black spots. She feeds and rests on the plant and also mates and hatches her eggs on it. The hatched larvae also feed on the plant and later form their pupa. In other words, the ladybird is totally dependent on the plant throughout her whole life cycle.

Feeling just a teensy weensy bit brighter this morning, but will only be voting for another couple of days yet, don't want to run before I can walk Smile Let's hope the start of a new week will bring me renewed vigour and strength Smile

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:ecballium elaterium
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:22 Nov 2013 - 5:51 AM
Tags:Close-up, Close-up / macro, Flower, Flowers & plants, General, Macro, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:64
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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2168 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2013 - 5:58 AM

What an interesting set Carol, all 4 complimenting your story...a squirting cucumber does not sound great GrinGrinGrin stunning photography as usual, the ladybird is too cute.

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22 Nov 2013 - 6:25 AM

A super series of shots and another interesting and informative write up, lovely. Glad you are beginning to perk up a bit.

Andy

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LynneJoyce
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22 Nov 2013 - 6:55 AM

Absolutely fascinating description and a particularly well taken series of images.

Have a restful weekend.

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Caziwinkles
22 Nov 2013 - 7:02 AM

Superb and fascinating Carol. Amazing detail in these images.
Have a UA to cheer you up. Smile

Carol

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SUE118
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22 Nov 2013 - 7:22 AM

4 beautiiful and fascinating images Carol and the Ladybird is so cute. Get well sonn my friend thinking of you.

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barbarahirst
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22 Nov 2013 - 7:26 AM

never seen such a hairy flower

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AnnChown
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22 Nov 2013 - 7:43 AM

That's fascinating and lovely to see the ladybird too!

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Badgerfred
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22 Nov 2013 - 8:08 AM

Super set Carol,
Fred.

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viscostatic
22 Nov 2013 - 8:25 AM

Really interesting information Carol but, above all, really beautiful images, especially V1 and V4.

Phil.

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CaroleS
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22 Nov 2013 - 8:38 AM

Very good images and a most interesting and fascinating background.

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Ted447
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22 Nov 2013 - 9:25 AM

Another set of stunning images. TedGrinGrin

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EMJAYCEE
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22 Nov 2013 - 10:07 AM

Think you're showing remarkable strength being able to post your lovely images Carol.Smile
Joan.

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digital_boi
22 Nov 2013 - 10:47 AM

all perfect

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Joline
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22 Nov 2013 - 1:12 PM

A fascinating botany lesson, and great photos.

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fificat100
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22 Nov 2013 - 1:20 PM

Lovely set and interesting write-up, Carol. Amazingly hairy flower. V1 & V4 Excellent SmileSmile
My thoughts are with you Smile

Lavina

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22 Nov 2013 - 1:55 PM

What a fascinating and informative upload, Carol!
I do hope you are back on top form soon.
Best wishes,
Richard

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annettep38
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22 Nov 2013 - 2:04 PM

a great photo and what an interesting write up. My 'common' cucumbers looks very similar but they don't attack me!

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TonyDy
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22 Nov 2013 - 2:53 PM

Superb set, Carol - hope the good feelings continue.
Tony

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prabhusinha
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22 Nov 2013 - 3:16 PM

A teacher of Bio science would feel happy to see this.

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ChiliMan
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22 Nov 2013 - 3:18 PM

Thoroughly fabulous photographic and verbal reportage on this fascinating plant, Carol.

Glad there's some improvement Smile Hopefully LOTS more this weekend.

Andrew

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achieverswales
22 Nov 2013 - 3:34 PM

Wonderful details on all CarolV1 for me.


Regards

Trev.

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22 Nov 2013 - 3:46 PM

A superb and intersting set, Carol, and an equally interesting write-up too Smile
Good to hear you're perking up a bit, take care,
Trev Smile

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22 Nov 2013 - 4:21 PM

Excellent work Carol, good to hear you are feeling a bit better SmileSmileSmile

Ali

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22 Nov 2013 - 4:44 PM

Looks like you're having a fuzzy day Smile

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22 Nov 2013 - 6:27 PM

great set of shots glad you are feeling a bit better.
eve.Smile

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22 Nov 2013 - 7:05 PM


Quote: What an interesting set Carol, all 4 complimenting your story...a squirting cucumber does not sound great GrinGrinGrin stunning photography as usual, the ladybird is too cute.

Just about sums it all up Carol. Super series.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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22 Nov 2013 - 7:43 PM

Excellent captures in great detail and a pretty informative writing about this singular plant !
George

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22 Nov 2013 - 7:59 PM

Carole these are all so very sharp and a delight to view
Hope soon feeling better
Lillian

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Hermanus
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23 Nov 2013 - 5:00 AM

Super info to accompany this excellent set Carol !! Get healed up soon !

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24 Nov 2013 - 12:31 PM

Green and some bugs to tease us! Priceless! GrinGrin
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25 Nov 2013 - 9:23 AM

Spectacular images Carol xx

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20 Jan 2014 - 8:02 AM

So now I know Carol great set of images funny how you get behind everybody's pics when you are busy .

Rob

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