Monday, June 23, 2014

Highway Melons

On the trip to El Paso a couple of weeks ago I noticed a bunch viney looking plants along the highway outside of Marfa.  Did a supply run to Alpine today and saw one just south of the Border Patrol checkpoint on 118.  Spotted another on a berm on the west side just across from Elephant Mountain.  Kinda wondering how they got started.  85,99,72,0,B

11 comments:

Dennis said...

Those are buffalo gourds....stink to high heaven when you break em open

shawn said...

Cut a plug, pour in about a quart or more vodka, shake it a bit. U R good to go. (?)

Margery Bills said...

Gourds are neat. A person can do so much with them. In Ohio there are big gourd festivals. As for me, I am going to practice Shavasano Yoga again tonight. :-)

remmij said...

looks like Dennis nailed the ID of Cucurbita foetidissima
turns out they were proto-dixie cups… ;-)
fetid wild pumpkin (among many names)

remmij said...

forgot to mention - the real surprise is under the surface, some serious root action -
powerful laxative, good to know

C T Dunn said...

Did you see the snake?

Rita B. said...

there's a checkpoint on 118?

ylojelo said...

now Im looking for a snake!

Margery Bills said...

Yes, Rita, there is a serious checkpoint (although some people might not think so) on 118. And it is not a good idea to get out of your vehicle at night and walk around rattling the guards in the building by looking for a garbage can (there is none for security reasons) because the good guard dog will bark loudly outside somewhere and scare you. It is not like the old
days coming out of Laredo when the handsome lone cowboy border guard would stand out in the two-lane path and flag you
down and you could joke with him. Times change.

Rev.jimmyleebob said...

hmmm.. checked it out..edible seeds and flowers...good to know when you run out of beanie weenies out there in the middle of the desert..seen any lophophora
williamsii growing around the hood ? Floppy has got that look on his face, he knows...

MsBelinda said...

OMG...C.T. Dunn, I do see the snake!