Cucurbita foetidissima [Cucuribitaceae)

Click on the images below to see larger versions.

Scientific Name Cucurbita foetidissima USDA PLANTS Symbol CUFO
Common Name Buffalo Gourd ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 22368
Family Cucurbitaceae (Gourd) SEINet
Click Here
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.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:

© Tom Lebsack 2023