This Monoecious member
of the Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by Célestin
Alfred Cogniaux in 1890.
It is found in the desserts of California, Arizona, Colorado and
Baja California, growing in a well drained soil with some water and
lots of sun. The vines will reach for four meters. The tiny flowers
are white to crème coloured.
Named after Townsend S. Brandegee 1843-1925 - US
botanist, and Dr. John Milton Bigelow (1804-1878), a professor of
botany at Detroit Medical College.
Tribe: Sicyeae Subtribe