Saturday, July 18, 2009
Buffalo Gourd (Cucurbita foetidissima)
West Odessa, Texas
One of the most common wild plants here is the buffalo gourd which produces a baseball size fruit and as the Latin name indicates is pretty darn stinky (think B.O.). Today I learned that a plant can live to be up to 40 years old and its large taproot can weigh as much as 100 pounds!
For all that, though, looking at the bloom and leaf closely suddenly the stinky, old gal looks awfully pretty to me.