Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Brandegea bigelovii, Desert Starvine

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Scientific Name: Brandegea bigelovii
Common Name: Desert Starvine
Also Called:
Family: Cucurbitaceae, Cucumber or Gourd Family
Synonyms: ()
Status: Native.
Duration: Perennial
Size: Up to 5 feet or more, height related to supportive adjacent plants.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; vine; taproot; stems slender, glabrous, trailing or clambering over adjacent shrubs, tendrils.
Leaves: Green; alternate, simple, palmatifid often with deep lobes, stout petiole with ridges, noticeable white glands.
Flower Color: White; showy but small, fragrant, star-shaped, radially symmetrical, staminate flowers in racemes from axillary clusters, pistillate flowers solitary, fruit; ovoid with long beak, short bristles.
Flowering Season: January to May, longer with sufficient monsoon rainfall; shorter season in California, March to April.
Elevation: Below 1,200 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Sandy soil along washes, along canyons and washes in California.
Recorded Range: Rare in the United States where Desert Starvine is found in southeast California and southwest Arizona. It can also be found in Baja California and Mexico.

U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.

Genus Information: 1 genus in Brandegea in the United States; in California and Arizona.

Comments: Desert Starvine is an interesting desert vine found in southwestern Arizona and southeast California. The fruits are unique and distinctive with a look that includes a beak giving the fruit the appearance of a "seahorse".

The type species for Brandegea bigelovii is from the Colorado River Valley. The species epithet "bigelovii" was named to honor Jacob Bigelow (1787–1879), an American physician and botanist.

Date Profile Completed: 4/17/2015, rev. 07/22/2015
References:
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, California.
1993, The Jepson Manual, Citation: http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/interchange/I_treat_indexes.html (accessed 4/16/2015)
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names and recorded geographic locations, http://swbiodiversity.org/seinet/.