A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Coast Manroot aka Wild Cucumber (Marah oreganus)

4/2013.  Rowena Plateau, Tom McCall Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR

Rowena Plateau, Tom McCall Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR  4/2013.

This vine of the cucumber family, also known as Bigroot,  can climb over shrubs or small trees.  The small  cucumber-like fruits shown below are not edible, the leaves however,  may be.  Both are said to be very bitter.  There are some reports that the seeds are hallucinogenic; those reports seem to be about Marah fabaceus, a close relative to this plant.  We do not advise eating any part of this plant for food or supposed psychoactive effects.

Labyrinth Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA 6/2013.

Labyrinth Trail, Columbia Gorge, WA 6/2013.

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2 responses

  1. Myaz_Nuggetz

    Reblogged this on Myaz_Nuggetz.

    June 22, 2013 at 10:29 am

  2. In the original post, we said this was “marginally edible.” Since this post has gotten a lot of hits from search engines about whether or not its edible, we changed the post to say that the fruits are inedible. Our understanding is that they just taste really bad. We certainly don’t recommend eating them.

    July 15, 2013 at 11:40 pm

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