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.
For example, plants such as the grainy and leafy amaranth from the Andes region of South America, as well as the edible tubers of the buffalo gourd found in Mexico and the southwestern United States, display rapid growth, especially in arid or drought-stricken areas.
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.
The lure of the bait seems to reside in the cucurbitacins naturally present in the wild buffalo gourd. Its attraction is so strong that beetles stop dead in their tracks when they sense it and switch from eating plant leaves and other parts to eating mostly bait.
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.
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