Latin name: Marah fabaceus
Synonyms: Echinocystis fabacea
Family: Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber Family, Gourd Family)
Edible parts of Bigroot:Used as a vegetable. We do not know if the fruit, root or the leaves are used.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Banks and slopes below 750 metres in coastal strand and mixed evergreen forests.
Other uses of Bigroot:The crushed seeds, mixed with oil, have been rubbed on the hair to prevent baldness.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow early spring in pots of rich soil in a greenhouse. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 2 weeks at 20°C. Put 2 or 3 seeds in each pot and thin to the best plant. Grow on fast and plant out after the last expected frosts.
Cultivation of Bigroot:Banks and slopes below 750 metres in coastal strand and mixed evergreen forests.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Marah fabaceus:The root is said to be poisonous to fish. We have no reports as to whether or not it is toxic to mammals.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.