Scientific Name

Marah macrocarpa Greene

Family 

Cucurbitaceae

General

A perennial vine that typically climbs over other plants. It bears numerous small white flowers and distinctive spikey fruits.  Know as a fire-follower.

CI

Common around CSUCI, but observed in a variety of habitats from fairly shaded to very open. 

Flowering occurs as early as December, but is typically later.  Flowering year-round if water is provided.

References

See this species on CalFlora.

The Jepson Manual (2012:  680, Cucurbitaceae by John M. Miller and Robert L. Schlising).

Dale (2000:  104).

McAuley 1996 (324).

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Marah macrocarpa, flowers on hillside above Malibu Hall, CI (5 March 2013).

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Marah macrocarpa, flowers and foliage on hillside above Malibu Hall, CI (5 March 2013).

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Marah-macrocarpus, flowers and foliage along pathway to east of University Glen, CI (25 December 2004).

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Marah-macrocarpus, flowers on hillside to the south of University Glen, opposite of the tot-lot, CI (29 February 2008).

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Marah-macrocarpus, mass of flowers on hillside to the south of University Glen, opposite of the tot-lot, CI (29 February 2008).

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Marah-macrocarpus, flowers on hillside to the south of University Glen, opposite of the tot-lot, CI (29 February 2008).

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 Marah macrocarpus on hillside above entrance area to Camarillo Park, CI (5 February 2013).