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Squirting Cucumber Overview
Ecballium is a genus characterised by a sole species of bushy perennial, Ecballium elaterium, which is frequently grown as an annual plant. The sole species in this genus is commonly called exploding cucumber or squirting cucumber after its explosive seed dispersal method. Upon ripening, this plant rapidly expels mucilage coated seeds from blue-green fruits when touched. Generally coated in hairy bristles, foliage has ruffled edges and this genus is generally grown for its funny fruits. Flowers are yellow, 5-petalled and measure approximately 2cm across.