Edward Lee Greene, 1910
U.S.A., North-Western Mexico
Cucumber, Man-Root, Chilicothe
Echinocystis macrocarpa Greene, 1885,
Echinocystis macrocarpa f. leptocarpa, Parish.
Marah leptocarpa, Greene.
Megarrhiza californica, S.Watson
Megarrhiza macrocarpa, Tidestr.
Micrampelis leptocarpa, Greene.
Micrampelis macrocarpa, Greene.
Old mistake: M. macrocarpus
This member of the
Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by Edward Lee Greene in 1910. It is found in
the south-western U.S.A. and north-western Mexico, 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.
The genera name might be from
Latin amarus; 'bitter' for the taste of the roots. The
species name Macrocarpa means