Alien in the Desert.

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Date Photo Taken: 03/22/2014
Location: Death Valley, CA
Posted By: 69 Stacks

Notes:

This is a vine that was found right next to Newman Cabin adjacent to Golar Wash in Death Valley. This plant appeared out of place amongst the desert scrub & was the only one like it in the vicinity. My first impression was that it was a vegetable vine, perhaps grown from a seed someone may have dropped. Upon comparing it with photos of other vegetable vines I was unable to find a match. It does bear a resemblance to English Ivy but has several important differences.

Thoughts, anyone? Thanks.

COMMENTS

  1. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    man root (Marah macrocarpus)?

    Cape ivy (Delairea odorata)?
    http://www.aphotoflora.com/af_delairea_odorata_german_cape_ivy.html

    Looks a lot like burr cucumber, so I searched ‘cucurbitaceae family’ for similar…

    March 27th, 2014 at 8:43 pm
  2. 69 Stacks Apprentice says:

    Yeah, it’s similar to a lot of things, particularly English Ivy. Unlike English Ivy and the others you suggested, though, the leaves are dull as opposed to glossy. Also the leaves are not toothed, as with the cucumber. The stem on this vine isn’t woody, but then this plant appears to be young. Who knows….just some freak desert plant I guess.

    Thanks very much for your help. :-)

    March 27th, 2014 at 8:55 pm

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