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Family: CUCURBITACEAE 

 Brandegea bigelovii
 

Photo by Michael L. Charters

  
Author:  Célestin Alfred Cogniaux 1890
Family:  Cucurbitaceae
Habitat:  California, Arizona, Colorado, Baja California.
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  ?
Height:  4 meters
Flower:  White - Crème coloured
Reproduction:  Seeds/?
Pop names:  Brandegea, Desert Starvine
Synonyms:  Elaterium bigelovii, S. Watson 1877
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 Cyclantherinae