Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Buffalo Gourd blossoms


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.

2 comments:

The Gossamer Woman said...

You do have the most amazing things grow wild all over Texas, do you happen to have a spare Texas Ranger over there?

Bobbie said...

I know they stink but still there is something that fascinates one about the "gorg". lol!