This wild cucumber deceived me as it grew in one of my raised beds next to an "apple cucumber" variety I planted. The wild cucumber vine seed must have been dropped there by a bird or bat. It grew like crazy - see pic below. I really had no idea about this variety of cucumber so I Googled for a few minutes and found out what it was that hijacked my raised veggie bed - the African Horned cucumber or kiwano. My quick readings took me to a few forums with a couple of people advocating the plant as an exotic vine worth growing and although its fruit is spiny it can still be eaten much like a normal cucumber. Therefore,I decided to give this vine a chance a see what the fruit was like and possibly even keep the seed and re-grow this free cucumber from the sky. Well, I now wish I didn't as it grew amazingly fast and the fruit turned out to be small to medium, spiny, ugly, awful, oval shaped, things. When cut open the fruit has a squillian seeds so unless you like eating cucumber seed it's useless! I have read on other websites of people deliberately growing this wretched thing - why would you do that!? It's even sold on some online seed retailers. The vine itself is spinier than a normal cucumber plant so it's difficult to handle and the fruit is so pathetically awful and minimal it's certainly no good for cucumber sandwiches. The one amazing thing about this plant is its ability to grow so well in humid and rainy conditions - if only someone could cross breed this "thing" with another cucumber (like Lebanese) to make a resilient grower with great fruit they'd make a fortune selling it! Trying to grow thriving cucumbers here through summer is ridiculously difficult and that's why I was so pleased my apple cucumber grew so well (initially) until I realised it was taken over by this wretched abomination of the cucumber species. What a cruel joke nature played on me... So all I can say is, "if" you find a strange cucumber popping up in your garden and it's growing like the "clappers" don't be fooled into thinking it's going to be a cucumber bonanza gifted to you from your compost heap, because, it will just bring you pain and likely turn out to be the African Horned Cucumber from hell!