|Author: ||Thomas Jefferson Howell, 1898
||White - Greenish
Bigroot, Manroot, Coastal Manroot, Old-Man-in-the-Ground
Megarrhiza oregana, John Torrey.
Echinocystis oregana, Cogn.
Micrampelis oregona, Greene.
Sicyos oreganus, Torr. & A.Gray.
(Torr. & A.Gray) Howell?
This member of the Cucurbitaceae
family was given this name by Thomas Jefferson Howell in 1898. It is
found on most of the west coast of Northern America, growing in a
rich but drained soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can
grow up to 40 centimetres in diameter, the vines up to six meters
long. The flowers are from white to greenish yellow.
The genera name might be from
Latin amarus; 'bitter' for the taste of the roots. The
species name means 'from Oregon'.