buffalo gourd

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perennial vine of dry parts of central and southwestern United States and Mexico having small hard mottled green inedible fruit

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Among the most promising was buffalo gourd, Calabacilla loca.
And cultivation trials with buffalo gourd in Arizona indicate that a three-month crop delivers almost twice the yield of mesquite grown for one year on dryland sites - 11 metric tons per hectare for the root versus 6 metric tons for mesquite.
Crop dusting planes sprayed a bait made from powdered wild buffalo gourd root laced with a tiny dose of carbaryl insecticide - the equivalent of about an ounce per acre.
The lure of the bait seems to reside in the cucurbitacins naturally present in the wild buffalo gourd.
For one thing, the cucurbitacins in the buffalo gourd root powder have a bitter taste that repels most other insects, including lady beetles, lacewings, honey bees, and other beneficials.