Squirting cucumber (Ecballium elaterium)

Squirting cucumber (Ecballium elaterium)

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Caption: Squirting cucumber (Ecballium elaterium). If consumed in large quantities, this plant is poisonous. However, it is also used in herbal medicine to treat kidney complaints, heart problems, rheumatism, paralysis and shingles. Excessive doses has caused gastro-enteritis and even death.

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