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Pod Identification
updated: Feb 21, 2017, 2:24 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

I found this "plant / pod" on top of a rock on the San Ysidro Trail the other evening, can anyone identify what this might be? It was approximately half the size of my fist, or roughly 4" in diameter.

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 COMMENT 759401P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-02-21 02:39 PM

Sea urchin washed up the canyon by an extremely high tide? ;)

 

 COMMENT 759403 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-02-21 02:45 PM

My guess is that it's a wild cucumber. (I can't post a link, but search google images for 'wild cucumber')

 

 COMMENT 759404 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-02-21 02:46 PM

It's the clover from Horton Hears a Who - check for Whoville......

 

 COMMENT 759406 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-02-21 02:49 PM

Could be a wild cucumber like 403 said, or the pod from a caster bean plant? Either one were popular missiles to hurl at eachother in grade school. Oww....

 

 COMMENT 759422 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-02-21 04:15 PM

403 got it, Echinocystis lobate (spiked bladder pod). Used as a fish poison, don't eat it.

 

 COMMENT 759423 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-02-21 04:21 PM

Looks long Ken wild cucumber (also called man-in-the-ground) to me.

 

 COMMENT 759429 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-02-21 04:47 PM

I'm going with wild cucumber, Marah macrocarpus.

 

 COMMENT 759433 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-02-21 05:36 PM

@422

Fish Poison??? Does the Calif Fish and Game, errr, Fish and Wildlife know about this???

Becareful what you advertise, the almighty steelhead are most revered here in Kalifornia...

They do and will persecute for blasphemy against the Steelhead...

 

 COMMENT 759435 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-02-21 05:59 PM

Yep it is wild cucumber, Marah macrocarpus also known as the Wild Cucumber or Old Man In The Ground. Shown in the photo is the fruit. The plant is a vine that climbs up over other vegetation. It is common in the SB mountains in disturbed areas such as along trails.

 

 COMMENT 759455P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-02-21 08:03 PM

If you're having trouble sleeping, google Echinocystis lobata vs. Marah macrocarpus. Closely related, apparently, but I . . . I . . . Z-z-z-z-z-z.

 

 COMMENT 759459 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-02-21 08:15 PM

Wild cucumber, not edible.

 

 COMMENT 759462 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-02-21 08:49 PM

Chilicote.

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2017-02-22 09:59 AM

We had caster beans on our property but I don't think anything as big as a fist grew on them. Grandma said a castor bean had killed one of their cows when it got out and ate the plant.

 

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