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Family: CUCURBITACEAE 

 Marah macrocarpus / macrocarpa
 

Photo from San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

  
Author:  Edward Lee Greene 1910
Family:  Cucurbitaceae
Habitat:  South-Western US, Mexico
Soil:  Grit
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  80 centimetres
Height:  5 meters
Flower:  White
Reproduction:  Seeds 
Pop names:  Wild Cucumber, Man-Root, Chilicothe
Synonyms:  Marah macrocarpa (IPNI), Echinocystis macrocarpa Greene 1885, Marah major, Marah micranthus, Megarrhiza macrocarpa, Micrampelis macrocarpa Greene 1890, Echinocystis macrocarpa

Photo from San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

   This member of the Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by Edward Lee Greene in 1910. It is found in the south-western US, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 80 centimetres in diameter, the wines can reach for five meters. The flowers are white, and seeds are the only way of reproducing.

Macrocarpus means large fruited.

Photo from San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy