Bryonia alba is a delicate climbing plant, from the Cucurbitaceae family, which clings tightly to other structures to grow. The root is shaped like a large turnip, having been so called "devil turnip". It grows very fast and has its own root, but clings and wraps to other plants. It has laxative properties, diuretic, vermifuge, antirheumatic, antispasmodic. The root of this plant is poisonous and should be used with great caution.