Other names: Wall bur cucumber, oneseed bur cucumber, star cucumber
Life cycle: Summer annual
Found in: From East Coast south to Florida, west to Texas, Kansas and Minnesota.
General description: Climbing vine that looks like a cucumber plant. Hairy stems climb via tendrils, and vines can reach up to 20 feet.
Seedlings: Cotyledons look very similar to those of the cucumber plant: large, spoon-shaped and hairy.
True leaves: Alternate, large and hairy with three to five angled lobes and a toothed margin. Leaves are 2" to 8" long by 2" to 8" wide.
Flowers and fruit: Flowers are white to green with five petals. Fruit resembles small cucumbers covered with bristles and is produced in clusters of three to 20.