New Mexico Wildflowers: Gourd Family

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Buffalo Gourd (Cucurbita foetedissima)

With their sprawls of large, triangular, slightly in-folded leaves, buffalo gourd plants are evident at a distance. The fruit is too bitter to eat, even toxic. Typically the plants sprawl on the ground, but in August 2020 I found one that had climbed a chain-link fence to above head height.