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Desert Starvine (Brandegea bigelovii)
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Desert Starvine (Brandegea bigelovii)

General: Desert Starvine (Brandegea bigelovii) is an annual or weak perennial forb with large, 3- and 5-lobed leaves that grows as a spreading vine on the ground and may climb into shrubs and low trees. The plant produces small, white, 5-petaled flowers, and these are followed by 3-inch diameter green gourds covered with spines. In time, the gourds dry, blow away, and break open to release a payload of seeds.

Desert Starvine is an uncommon component of vegetation communities in dry, well-drained dirt and gravelly areas on bajadas into the lower mountains in the Lower Sonoran (Creosote-Bursage Flats) and Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub) life zones.

Around Las Vegas, look for Desert Starvine south of town in the California deserts in places such as the Mojave National Preserve.

Family: Gourds (Cucurbitaceae)

Desert Starvine (Brandegea bigelovii) Desert Starvine (Brandegea bigelovii)
Desert Starvine (Brandegea bigelovii) Desert Starvine (Brandegea bigelovii)
Desert Starvine (Brandegea bigelovii) Desert Starvine (Brandegea bigelovii)
Desert Starvine (Brandegea bigelovii) Desert Starvine (Brandegea bigelovii)
Desert Starvine (Brandegea bigelovii) Desert Starvine (Brandegea bigelovii)
Desert Starvine (Brandegea bigelovii) Desert Starvine (Brandegea bigelovii)
Desert Starvine (Brandegea bigelovii) Desert Starvine (Brandegea bigelovii)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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