E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Marah oregana (Torr. ex S. Watson) Howell
Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Marah oregana
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Species Information

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Climbing perennial from an enlarged woody root; annual stems climbing or trailing with branched tendrils.
Stem leaves alternate, irregularly palmately lobed, stalked, bristly above, sparsely hairy below, heart-shaped at the base, about 20 cm long.
Inflorescence of bell-shaped flowers in a panicle; perianths bell-shaped, whitish, with 5 to 8 petals/sepals; male flowers in narrow-stalked clusters from the leaf axils; single female flowers short-stalked from the same axils as the male flowers; corolla lobes flaring, oblong egg-shaped.
Inflated, weakly spiny bladders, ellipsoid to oblong egg-shaped; seeds 1 or 2 in each locule, turgid, smooth.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist fields and open meadows and slopes in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC, known only from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands; S to N CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Marah oreganus (Torr. ex S. Watson) Howell

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Species References

COSEWIC. 2009. COSEWIC assessment and status report on the Coast Manroot Marah oreganus in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Ottawa. vi + 28 pp. Available online.

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