Wildflowers of Southern Arizona
Wild Balsam Apple.
Gourd (Cucurbitaceae) family.
The plants are monoecious (having both male and female flowers). The pistillate flowers are solitary and the 1/3 inch (8 mm) wide staminate flowers are in racemes. The flowers have fused anthers and are broadly tubular with 5 glandular lobes. The flowers are followed by oval, 3/4 inch (2 cm) long, green fruit with long, hairy spines. The leaves are alternate, broadly heart-shaped, and only shallowly lobed. The stems are slender, hairy, and have twining, forked tendrils.
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area.
Location: Across road from restrooms before first bridge on sandy bank of creek.
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