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Desert Starvine
Brandegea bigelovii
About Desert Starvine (Brandegea bigelovii) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant 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. To learn more, visit the Jepson Herbarium's YouTube channel and watch a short video about this species:
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Flower Color
Flower Color

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 3.0" - 12.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.28" - 2.08", Coldest Month: 45.4" - 64.2", Hottest Month: 72.3" - 89.2", Humidity: 5.62" - 40.77", Elevation: -189" - 4470"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Brandegea, Desert Star-vine

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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