|Author: ||Edward Lee
California, Nevada; South-Western U.S.A.
Yellow - Cream - White
Manroot, Bigroot, Wild Cucumber
Echinocystis fabacea, Charles Victor Naudin, 1859.
Echinocystis fabacea var. agrestis, Congdon.
Echinocystis fabacea var. inermis, Jeps.
Echinocystis inermis, Congdon.
Echinocystis scabrida, Eastw.
Marah fabacea var. agrestis, Stocking.
Marah inermis, Dunn.
Megarrhiza californica, Torr.
Micrampelis fabacea, Greene.
Micrampelis fabacea var. agrestis, Greene.
This member of the Cucurbitaceae
family was given this name by
Edward Lee Greene in 1910. It is
found in south-western U.S.A., growing in a well drained soil with
some water and some sun. The caudex can grow up to 60 centimetres in
diameter, and it is said to grow very long: Two meters. The vines
can reach six meters, the flowers are white, and the fruits filled
with soft spikes.
The genera name might be from
Latin amarus; 'bitter' for the taste of the roots. The
species name for the inflorescence's resemblance with Faba; broad bean.