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This wild plant grows extensively in the Languedoc, but what is it??

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I live in the Languedoc, southern France and I see this plant growing everywhere alongside paths through vineyards, and it's now started appearing in my garden. It is flat and spreading, with fleshy triangular leaves with serrated edges, small yellow flowers and green fruit, which are the size of large gooseberries. You can see both the fruit and the small yellow flowers in the middle picture. I've asked lots of local people what it might be, but no-one has been able to identify it. Anyone got any ideas? Thanks in advance.

This wild plant grows extensively in the Languedoc, but what is it?? (22/08/2011)This wild plant grows extensively in the Languedoc, but what is it?? (22/08/2011)This wild plant grows extensively in the Languedoc, but what is it?? (22/08/2011)

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  • Posted: Mon. 22nd August 2011 14:51

Re: This wild plant grows extensively in the Languedoc, but what is it??

Reply from LizzieBG

I'm sure you know this by now, but I've only just joined Shoot. It's a Ecballium elaterium - known here as le concombre d'ane (donkey's cucumber. It's a squirting cucumber which ejects its seed if you touch it. Stand well back!

  • Posted: Wed. 28th August 2013 14:43

Re: This wild plant grows extensively in the Languedoc, but what is it??

Reply from John Stuart-Smith

Could it be Ecballium elaterium ?
Try this link:
http://www.mikesibthorp.com/Galleries/Wild_Flowers/mediterraneanwil.html

Hope this helps, John SS

  • Posted: Fri. 20th November 2015 18:08