A squash but, trust me, it is bitter.  But dried, the gourds can be ornamental, whether for Halloween decoration or Christmas trees.  The plant survives arid climates because of a huge tuber, said to weigh nearly 100 pounds after four or five years.  One acquaintance told of a patch near his house that is graded clean each year when the county reshapes the road it grows near.  The next year it creeps out of the ground.

 

Buffalo Gourd (Cucurbita foetidissima)

Buffalo Gourd on Vine (7-27)

Buffalo Gourds

Might become a nuisance.

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