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Marah oregana


Taxonavigation: Cucurbitales 
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Cucurbitales

Familia: Cucurbitaceae
Tribus: Sicyoeae
Genus: Marah
Species: M. fabacea – M. gilensis – M. guadalupensis – M. horrida – M. macrocarpa – M. micrantha – M. oregana – M. watsonii



Marah Kellogg, Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 1: 38 (1854).

Note: Kellogg (1854) assigned masculine gender to Marah and mentioned that the significance of the genus name may be found in "Exodus xv: 22–26". However in Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 2: 18. (1863), he treated Marah as feminine. [In Hebrew, Mar (masculine) and marah (feminine) = bitter (vide Avinoam Danin (HUJ)] (IPNI, 2014).


  • Heterotypic
    • Megarrhiza Torr. & A.Gray, Rep. Explor. Railroad Pacific 12: 61. (1860). However, some authorities consider Megarrhiza macrocarpa (Greene) Tidestr., Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 48(9): 43. (1935) to be an accepted species, which would render this synonymy illegitimate, (The Plant List, 2014 & Tropicos, 2014).



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Vernacular names

English: Man Roots
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