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Brandegea
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Scientific classification
Genus:
Brandegea
Species:
bigelovii
Synonyms

Echinopepon bigelovii (S. Watson) S. Watson

Brandegea is a monotypic genus containing the single species Brandegea bigelovii, the desert starvine. This sprawling perennial vine in the squash family is native to the deserts of California, Arizona, and northern Mexico. The distinctive small, dark-green leaves are variable in shape but are usually a deeply lobed long-fingered palmate shape. They are heavily speckled with white oil glands. The vine bears tendrils, tiny five-pointed white flowers only 2 or 3 millimeters wide, and small, dry, prickly fruits 5 or 6 millimeters in length and holding a single seed. The plant grows from a deep taproot.

Classification

Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Sub Kingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Super Division Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Violales
Family Cucurbitaceae – Cucumber family
Genus Brandegea Cogn. – starvine
Species Brandegea bigelovii (S. Watson) Cogn. – desert starvine
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