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More fruits of my labors

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Balsam Gourd Fruit 1288

I wasn’t surprised to come across some little yellow silverleaf nightshade fruits along Great Northern Blvd. on December 23rd of last year, but balsam gourd vines, Ibervillea lindheimeri, and the little globes they produce (which grow to between 1 and 2 inches in diameter and turn red when they’ve matured) are a much less frequent sight, so I was glad to find a few that day. If you imagine a larger size, you might follow my lead and see this fruit as a slightly under-inflated balloon.

Alternate common names for this plant are balsam-apple, snake-apple, and (Lindheimer’s) globeberry.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 10, 2016 at 5:06 AM

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