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this just popped up in the veg patch does anyone know what it is??

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Comment by Lissa on March 29, 2013 at 4:48

Is it fruiting yet Jane?

I have a mystery plant come up in another strange spot myself. It could be a Loofah....

Comment by Jane on March 25, 2013 at 16:16

Still guessing, not cucumber as they also have small yellow flowers & these are white flowers with heart shaped leaves. a few years ago I grew some ordermental Gourds perhaps a seed has just germinated from the compost. Will let you know if anything develops.

Comment by Lissa on March 25, 2013 at 5:04

Late cucumber?

Comment by Lissa on March 25, 2013 at 5:03

The flower looks white? in this pic, or was it yellow?

The plain green leaf looks very much like Winter Melon which gets a yellow flower. Can't remember sending you any seed myself and the stem looks too frail to be a WM which is normally hairy. So don't think it's that. Below are the WM male (top) and female flowers.

Comment by Scarlett on March 24, 2013 at 21:03

I don't know

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 24, 2013 at 20:48

Yes, the female flowers of cucurbits have an embryo of the fruit at the base of the flower. Have you grown Luffas? I'm not familiar with their leaves. And btw, a young choko which would fit into the palm of my hand, was the sweetest I've ever eaten, just chopped and stir-fried. Yummmm. Way sweeter than the bigger ones so I know what size to pick now. Sensational ;-)

Comment by Jane on March 24, 2013 at 16:06

No i dont think its a choko Elaine, if it was I would be able to find the shoot growing out of a choko, also we dont like choko so have never had them on the property. I will just have to wait & see if it produces any female flowers as presume these on long stems are male?

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 24, 2013 at 15:24

Choko? Hm but the single flower doesn't look right.

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