Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Blossoms of the buffalo gourd, Cucurbita foetidissima
West Odessa, Texas
Such a pretty thing, but like its Latin name indicates, it does stink! (Reminds me of B.O.) The gourd these blossoms produce is about the size of a baseball. It doesn't seem to have as hard a shell as other gourds and so I admire those artisans that have the delicate touch to make decorations from them. Grows wild all over West Texas.