Buffalo Gourd

Buffalo GourdStinking Gourd, Calabacilla Loca, Missouri Gourd, Foetid Wild Pumpkin

Cucurbita foetidissima Kunth in H.B.K.

Whole plant

Family : Cucurbitaceae

Longevity : Perennial

Origin : Native

Season : Warm

Buffalo Gourd can be found growing in waste places, fields and along roadsides of the Edwards Plateau and SOuth Texas Plains. It is a low growing vine that can reach a length of 20 feet. The large, yellow flowers open in the mornings and are 3 to 4 inches long and 1 to 2 inches wide. The gray-green leaves are a narrow triangle shape that tend to fold upward parallel to the midvein. The fruit is a gourd that is dark green with lighter green stripes when immature. It is about 2 to 3 inches in diameter at maturity and turns a yellow color. Buffalo Gourd blooms from May to September.

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