lat.Ecballium Elaterium in English Exploding cucumber; squirting cucumber

Exploding cucumber; squirting cucumber is a perennial, Mediterranean hairy plant,with a stem lower to the ground, from pumpkin family( lat.Cucurbitaceae). The flower is light yellow, bell-shaped, unisexual and is located in the axils of the leaves. The fruit is a hairy and warty oblong berry. It blooms from May to September. It has no special smell and taste. The juice from ripe fruits has a very strong purgative effect and for that purpose it has been used in official medicine. The most important healing effect that is applied in the people is the treatment of sinusitis.
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