To evaluate the antimicrobial activity of ethanolic extract of Ecballium elaterium ( E. elaterium) fruits alone against Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) strains and. Pak J Pharm Sci. May;27(3) Phenolic contents and antimicrobial activity of squirting cucumber (Ecballium elaterium) extracts against food-borne. This is the profile for the plant – Ecballium elaterium / Squirting Cucumber / Faqqus il-ħmir. Each plant profile in the database contains nomenclature info.

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The ecvallium cucumber has been used as a medicinal plant for over 2, years, though it has a very violent effect upon the body and has little use in modern herbalism[, ]. The juice of the fruit is antirheumatic, cardiac and purgative[1, 7, 61, 86, 89].

The plant is a very powerful purgative that causes evacuation of water from the bowels[].

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It is used internally in the treatment of oedema associated with kidney complaints, heart problems, rheumatism, paralysis and shingles[86, ].

Externally, it has been used to treat sinusitis and painful joints[]. It should be used ecabllium great caution and only under the supervision of a qualified practitioner[4, ]. Excessive doses have caused gastro-enteritis and even death[7]. It should not be used by pregnant women since it can cause an abortion[7].

The fully grown but unripe fruits are harvested during the summer, they are left in containers until the contents are expelled and the juice is then dried for later use[46, ]. The root contains an analgesic principle[]. Prefers a moist well-drained soil in a sunny position[86, ].

Grows best in a rich soil[1]. Another report says that it succeeds in poor soils[]. The foliage is fairly frost-tender, though the roots ecba,lium much hardier and plants can survive quite cold winters in Britain[86].


They are more likely to be killed by excessive winter wet[86]. The squirting cucumber is sometimes cultivated for its use as a medicinal ecballlium. The ripening fruit becomes pumped full of liquid, leading to an increase in pressure. As the seed becomes ripe, this pressure forces the fruit to break away explosively from the plant, elarerium its seed to a considerable distance in the opposite direction.

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The plant occasionally self-sows in our Cornwall trial ground[K] and can become a weed in warmer climates than Britain[K]. It is subject to statutory control as a weed in Australia[]. Plants For A Future have a number of books available in elagerium and digital form.

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Seed – sow early spring in rich compost in a greenhouse. Place 2 – 3 seeds per pot and thin to the strongest plant. Grow the plants on fast and plant them out after the last expected frosts.

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For a list of references used on this page please go here. More comprehensive details, medicinal properties, uses, botanical data, plant description and photogallery of high resolutions photos of this plant can be leaterium on an interesting website about the wild plants of Malta: Juice of the fruit has been used as cure for Hepatitis. The fruit is squeezed in a clean cloth, and a drop of the juice inhaled through each nostril, twice to three times a day.

This is a very old treatment people have used in Southern Mediterranean. It is important NOT to exceed the amount of the juice used, as it is toxic in elateriim doses. This is a QR code short for Quick Response which gives fast-track access to our website pages. QR Codes are barcodes that can be read by mobile phone smartphone cameras.

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Ecballium – Wikipedia

Ecballium elaterium – L. The juice of the fruit is irritative to some skins[]. Habitats Hot elarerium places on waste ground and roadsides[45, 86], usually close to the coast[7].

Range Europe – Mediterranean. Naturalized in Britain at a few locations along the south coast[17]. You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box.

It is hardy to zone UK 9 and is frost tender. It is in flower from June to August, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is monoecious individual flowers are either male or female, but leaterium sexes can be found on the same plant and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile. It cannot grow in the shade.

It prefers dry or moist soil. QR Code What’s this? Some information cannot be used for commercial reasons or be modified but some can. Please view the copyright link for more information. Poisonous in large quantities[7] this probably refers to the fruit. Hot dry places on waste ground and roadsides[45, 86], usually close to the elateeium. Thu Dec 30 Dec 1