|Scientific Name||Cucurbita foetidissima||USDA PLANTS Symbol||CUFO|
|Common Name||Buffalo Gourd||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||22368|
|Description||Habitat: Dry, disturbed areas, roadsides, fence lines.
Plant: Trailing, radiating perennial with vines from 5 to 25 feet from large taproot; stout, rough, forming large leafy mats.
Leaves: Alternate long-stalked, triangular-ovate, 4 to 12 inches long; thick, rough, grayish green with toothed edges. Foul-smelling when crushed.
Inflorescence: Large, showy yellow blossoms, staminate (male) flowers on stalks 1 to 2 inches long, pistillate (female) flowers sessile (stalkless); corollas 5-lobed, 2 to 5 inches long.
Bloom Period: May to September.
Fruit: Spherical gourds 2 to 4 inches in diameter, green with lighter stripes.
References: Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses. and "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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