Cucurbita ficifolia

Yes, as I’m sure you know, in English, this plant is more commonly known as one of the following:

In this part of Mexico it is called chilacayote.

It normally grows on the ground as I presume all gourds/squashes do. However, this one near our house apparently decided to do things its own way. I’ve never seen a squash grow suspended in the air like this before, but if it happens at times, perhaps scientific history could have come out a little differently.

Before Isaac Newton and his apple episode, an Aztec scientist may have had a life-changing experience with gravity and a chilacayote, but unfortunately, he didn’t survive the squash’s landing on his gourd in order to theorize about it!

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About alanbeth

What’s up? or rather, ¿Qué pasa? Hola, I’m Alan. I’m a missionary living in Mexico. I teach English to seminary students (free of charge) who otherwise couldn't afford to pay for English classes. I also have a heart for MK Education (helping out where my wife teaches full-time at a local Christian school with MK students). I occasionally write or have a pic to share with you at my blog, Knowing Your ABCDs, which you can read with a click on the button above. You can read my blog with a click on the button above.
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