Thursday, April 5, 2012
Ecballium elaterium - a.k.a Squirting Cucumber
Ecballium elaterium is poisonous, and you are unlikely to find the seeds at your local nursery. But, for those who happen to live where they grow wild, or if you're in zone 9-11 and can get some plants for your garden (there are several places to buy the seeds online), they are sure to provide lots of fun, as the fruit will also "squirt" when it is disturbed.. In this video, a man hits a patch of Squirting Cucumber with a stick. He is standing tall above the plant, but yet he gets hit in the face by flying cucumber goo and seeds!
I mean... how cool is this plant?? People who deny a creator might be able to postulate the incremental mutations that made the Squirting Cucumber into a plant that launches its seeds for reproduction. But I'm just going to marvel in the awesome ideas my God has.
Here's an interesting little factoid. It has been proposed that the unidentified plant in the corner of Botticelli's "Venus and Mars" painting (c.1483) is actually the Ecballium elaterium.
Names of God - E.
End * El-Elyon * El-Roi * El-Shaddai * El-Olam * Eternal * Everlasting