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Karsten Hinrichs
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Hi there folks,

I'm looking for a plant identification on a plant that supposedly is edible.
The leaves look like cannabis and it has a drop shape fruit that points upwards (2nd pic).
It's a very vigorous grower and has invasive properties, it seams from the aggressive growth it has shown on it's first season.


Your help is very much appreciated. Thank you (::: D)
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Chadwick Holmes
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What region are you in?

Is it a volunteer?
 
Karsten Hinrichs
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No, it is from seeds given to me. This plant grows in Sintra, Portugal. Meditarranean Climate. Warm and Dry Summers, wet humid winters. No frost.
I say it has invasive potential solely for its prolific growth and amount on fruits. It covered a small citrus and some well growing hardy kiwi.
 
Karsten Hinrichs
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alternate leaves, uneven leave lobes, just like cannabis. 3, 5, 7 or 9 lobes.
Flowers grow upwards one after another and fruit points upwards aswell.
The plant is all green but tends to become kinda yellowish when older.

Thank you ::
 
David Spohn
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I'm not at all sure, but my guess would be some sort of hops.

Cheers,

Dave
 
André Troylilas
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To me, il looks like cyclanthera pedata.
If that's the case, you're in luck, as it's edible.
 
Karsten Hinrichs
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Thanks André Troylilas! It is that plant!
I'm very happy about this ::

Much Love and thanks a lot for you help!
Karsten
 
André Troylilas
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You're welcome, I don't know much but am always happy to help.
As pfaf says:
Fruit. Young fruits are eaten raw or cooked and have a similar taste to cucumbers though they are not crisp. Older fruits are cooked, they can be stuffed in much the same way as marrows. The fruit is about 6 - 15cm long and 6cm wide. Leaves and tender young shoots - cooked and used as greens.
 
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