Cucurbita foetidissima

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Scientific Name Cucurbita foetidissima USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Buffalo Gourd ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Cucurbitaceae (Gourd) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Widespread. Dry, disturbed areas, roadsides, fence lines.
Plant: Trailing, radiating 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.
Fruit: Spherical gourds, spherical, 2 to 4 inches in diameter, green with lighter stripes.
References: Excerpts from Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses.
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