A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Squirting Cucumber

This plant really is a member of the cucumber family, Ecballium elaterium. The fruit has a habit of exploding suddenly and shooting its seeds out covered in a sticky liquid. The liquid can cause irritation or inflammation of the skin. Root extracts have been used medicinally in herbal remedies for constipation, as a diuretic and it has abortive properties. 

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