Please help me identify this monster plant. It grew by itself late July. Yellow flower, somewhat a rounded star shape, indented leaves, some with whitish patches, yellow round smooth "fruit", small 3-4in.

Monster plant

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    I doubt anyone will be able to reliably identify it from anything other than the fruit.
    – Ed Staub
    Aug 16 '12 at 21:01
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    there is a round yellow fruit there... maybe a pumpkin? Aug 17 '12 at 17:45
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    It looks like it is a vine. If so it's likely to be a pumpkin or gourd.
    – Brian
    Aug 18 '12 at 21:34
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    Looks like pumpkin to me.
    – DA.
    Aug 21 '12 at 5:57
  • @rhooligan I think pumpkins typically are considered a vine.
    – DA.
    Aug 21 '12 at 5:58

Gourds generally have a longer vine and smaller leaves than the related squashes, Curcurbita maxima, pumpkin and hubbard squash, Curcurbita moschata, butternut squash and neck pumpkin, and Curcurbita pepo, marrows and summer squash. But most cultivated gourds are in the same genus, so the identification of a volunteer like this has to be an educated guess. From the splotches on the leaves, and their appearance in general, I would say probably c. pepo.


Definitely Pumpkin. But it is also known as Winter squash. It is known as Curcubita, botanically. Ash gourd is different from this.

  • Please improve your answer by explaining why you believe it's a pumpkin as opposed to another related species.
    – Niall C.
    Mar 22 '14 at 19:59
  • Pumpkin and Winter Squash are related, but two different plants.
    – RubberDuck
    Jan 3 '15 at 13:52

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