I've been searching all day trying to identify this plant but I'm completely lost. There was only one located near the Oak Forest in Eaton Canyon, and it was around 4 feet tall. Note the swirly little things that attached to a nearby plant.
Could not figure out if it was dormant or just plain dead but was vining around another tree. Found in the Oak Forest.
The skeletons of the fruit are like luffa sponges
Marah (the manroots, wild cucumbers, or cucumber gourds) are flowering plants in the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae), native to western North America. They are also commonly called Old man in the ground. The genus (which Kellogg noted was characterized by extreme bitterness) was named for Marah in Exodus 15:22-25, which was said to be named for the bitter water there.