The Squirting cucumber (Ecballium elaterium) belongs to the family Cucurbitaceae (the Gourd family). It is a perennial herb that is native to Europe, northern Africa, and temperate areas of Asia. This herb grows in wastelands and roadsides and it can reach 25-30 cm in height. It is also prostrate and spreads up to 80-100 cm long on the ground. The whole plant is covered with dense rough hairs. The leaves are alternate, deltoidal-cordate, carnose with wavy edges. The yellow, five partite flowers bloom from March to November. The fruits are oblong and ripen yellow. Its common name is derived from the fact that, when ripe, it squirts a stream of mucilaginous liquid containing its seeds. This plant, and especially its fruit, is poisonous, containing cucurbitacins.