Desert Star-Vine

Brandegea bigelovii

Desert Star-Vine

Color: White

Common name: Desert Star-Vine

Latin name: Brandegea bigelovii


Description: Stem is without hairs (glabrous) on an unbranched tendril. Flower corolla 1.5–3 mm wide, shallowly cup-shaped, cream coloured.

Leaf: Leaves are highly variable versions of the palmate form, generally deeply lobed; central lobe generally longest; upper surfaces dotted with white glands.

Range: Deserts.

Habitat: Creosote Bush Scrub, canyons, washes.

Elevation: < 900 m

Flowering time: Mar–Apr

Notes: Photographed Feb. 16, 2008, in the desert, south east of Joshua Tree National Park, just off Interstate 10, Calif. Perennial herb that is native to California. This genus is named after California botanist T.S. Brandegee. The single species in the genus is named after Dr. Jacob M. Bigelow who, in the 1850s, collected hundreds of plants in California. Perennial herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California in sw Arizona, Mexico.

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