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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However, buffalo gourd is regarded by some as the soap of last resort since the tiny hairs may cause irritation to the skin.
Other ARS laboratories are evaluating wild buffalo gourd as a lure, and Schroder had been working with cucurbitacins from mutant watermelons.
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.
I read the other growth around me for the same signs, perusing agaves, scanning squawbush for berries, and counting buffalo gourds poking up from the heart-shaped leaves on the sandpapery, fetid vines.