Crazy cucumber is a herbaceous plant of the pumpkin family. It lives mainly along the shores of the Mediterranean and Black Seas in dry, open areas.
It got its name due to a very spectacular method of dispersing seeds. The ripe fruit of a mad cucumber, at the lightest touch, bounces off the stalk, and a stream of bitter mucus with seeds is thrown out with force from the hole formed at the site of separation at a distance of up to 12 meters from the mother plant.
In the absence of support, the "mad cucumber" is able to creep over low herbaceous plants and cover a large area (about 7 sq. M.).
Underground parts and fruits are poisonous during flowering and fruiting, in ancient times they were used as an abortifacient.