[gardeners] What's the advantage for warty squash?

Margaret Lauterbach (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sat, 16 Nov 2002 08:20:02 -0700

What's the evolutionary advantage for warty squash? The new Seed Savers' 
Exchange seed catalog (for the public) is illustrated with many kinds and 
colors of gourds. Inside, they've combined gourds and squash (a quixotic 
decision, IMO, because I don't recall seeing any of the edible gourds among 
the offerings), and some of the squashes sport warts too.  I've seen even 
wartier squash in some seed company catalogs.  There must be an 
evolutionary advantage, or is evolution progressing from smooth to 
warty?  Margaret L