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Sonoran Desert Plants
Marah gilensis (Greene) Greene (Big Root)

Coffee Pot Mountain


 Marah gilensis (Greene) Greene

 Marah gilensis (Greene) Greene

 Marah gilensis (Greene) Greene

 Marah gilensis (Greene) Greene

Habitat: canyons,washes,mountains
Life Form: vine,non-woody,forb,perennial
Leaf Description: alternate simple
Flower Color: white or whitish
Flowering Period: winter and spring
Spines: spiny fruits
Family: Cucurbitaceae (gourd family)
Abundance: locally common
Additional Information:
Felger, R.S., S. Rutman, and J. Malusa. 2015. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: A flora of southwestern Arizona. Part 12. Eudicots: Campanulaceae to Cucurbitaceae. Phytoneuron 2015-21: 1-39. Published 30 March 2015. ISSN 2153 733X page 33 (4.4 MB pdf)

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Our member horticultural expert is Hank Jorgensen. For more information on this plant species, see Hank's page (opens in a new tab).






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