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common name: Cuchinito
synonyms: Cyclanthera explodens
full sun, part shade
moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: 0°C
USDA zone: 10 to 11
Tender annual climber. Triangular, slightly lobed leaves. Small greenish yellow flowers are followed by spiky green fruits up to 4cm long, which burst open to release the seeds, throwing them some distance away.
Fertile well drained soil in a warm sunny position.
The fruits are edible raw or cooked.
Native to Central and tropical South America