Buffalo Gourd
Missouri Gourd

Cucurbita foetidissima

Buffalo Gourd, Cucurbita foetidissima, photo © by Michael Plagens

This vine of Buffalo Gourd was found growing along a sandy bank above Oak Creek near Page Springs, Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA. 21 August 2011. Fruit from same location below.

Buffalo Gourd, Cucurbita foetidissima, photo © by Michael Plagens

LEAVES: Large, gray-green leaves are triangular and folded slightly along the midrib.

RANGE: In Arizona's sycamore woodlands this vine grows up on sunny, sandy, alluvial banks where the soil is deep and some water is available.

VINE: Annual vine growing mostly along the ground sometimes spreading out five meters or more from the growing point. Strong tendrils secure the vine to attachments.

FLOWERS: Tubular yellow flowers are unisexual, i.e. separate male and female.

FRUIT: Spherical gourd marked longitudinally with green, white and yellow. Like the leaves have a strong, unpleasant odor.


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More Information:

Arizona Naturalist
Sycamore Canyons
The Flora of Arizona's Sycamore Canyons


Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 24 Aug. 2011,
updated 18 Feb. 2017.