Picture of Marah macrocarpus Marah macrocarpus Marah macrocarpus var. macrocarpus
Common Name Cucamonga Manroot, Wild Cucumber
Latin Name Marah macrocarpus
Native Habitat Chapparal to 3,000 in Southern California
Soil Dry decomposed granite, sand, limestone, clay loam, low organic content, well drained
Water Twice monthly
Height X Width To 20'
Protective Mechanism Thorns on fruit
Leaves Green
Garden Suitability Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Small white flowers, dies back with summer heat
Nature Value Cover for small amnimals
Native American Uses Red dye and soap made from roots
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marah_macrocarpus
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=5363
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/133461/
    Data http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Marah+macrocarpus
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=MAMAM2
Note: This is an invasive species and not recommended for your garden, but it is a great project for a field trip.