Wild Pumpkin - Stink Gourd
Cucurbita foetidissima Kunth
Cucurbitaceae (Gourd) Family
Buffalo Gourd is a large, coarse, rough-hairy, trailing or widely spreading perennial vine from huge tuberous roots. The stems are solitary to several and trail up to 18 feet or more long. The herbage has a most unpleasant odor when disturbed.
The flowers are about 4 inches broad, yellow to orange, bell-shaped, 5-lobed at the rim. The lobes are recurved at the tips. Male and female flowers are on separate stems of the same plant. The female flowers are pleasantly scented. Each flower arises from the leaf axil.
The leaves are up to 12 inches long, alternate on the stem, coarse, thick, grayish-green, rounded or lobed at the base and strongly veined on the lower surface; rough to the touch.