New Mexico Wildflowers: Gourd Family

Flowers are organized alphabetically by genus and species. Hover over a photo series to control the images.

Buffalo Gourd (Cucurbita foetedissima)

With their sprawls of large, triangular, slightly in-folded leaves, buffalo gourd plants are evident at a distance. Male flowers have a tripartite stamen structure; female flowers on the same plant have a single pistil. The bug in the female flower from June 2024 is a spotted cucumber beetle. The flowers stink (hence the foetedissima) and all parts of the plant are 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.