Latin name: Marah macrocarpa (E. Greene) E. Greene
Pronunciation: MAR-ah mak-ro-KAR-pa
Common name: Wild cucumber
Family: Cucurbitaceae (Gourd)
Habitat: Dry areas of chaparral, washes, roadsides below 3000', also found in coastal sage scrub and foothill woodland communities
Blooming period: January to April
Name derivations: 1) Marah 2) macrocarpa
NOTE: A monoecious species, male and femal flowers can appear on the same plant. Left photo: a cluster of male flowers. Right photo: a female flower.