Economic Botany

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 87–95 | Cite as

The feral buffalo gourd,Cucurbita foetidissima

  • W. P. Bemis
  • L. D. Curtis
  • C. W. Weber
  • J. Berry


The feral species,Cucurbita foetidissima, the perennial Buffalo gourd, has the potential of becoming a cultivated food crop, producing seeds rich in edible oil and protein. It also produces an extensive storage root system rich in starch. It has evolved in the arid regions of North America and is adapted to growing on arid to semiarid lands, which constitute much of the world’s land mass, lands now marginal for crop production.


Economic Botany Storage Root Protein Efficiency Ratio Genetic Male Sterility Buffalo Gourd 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. P. Bemis
    • 1
  • L. D. Curtis
    • 2
  • C. W. Weber
    • 1
  • J. Berry
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ArizonaTucson
  2. 2.Watkinsville

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