Luffa acutangula

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Luffa acutangula
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus: Luffa
Species: L. acutangula
Binomial name
Luffa acutangula
(L.) Roxb.
Synonyms[1]
  • Cucumis acutangulus L.
  • Cucumis lineatus Bosc
  • Cucumis megacarpus G.Don
  • Cucumis operculatus Roxb. ex Wight & Arn.
  • Cucurbita acutangula (L.) Blume
  • Luffa amara Roxb.
  • Luffa drastica Mart.
  • Luffa fluminensis Roem.
  • Luffa foetida Cav.
  • Luffa forskalii Schweinf. ex Harms
  • Luffa gosa Ham.
  • Momordica tubiflora Wall.

Luffa acutangula is commercially grown for its unripe fruits as a vegetable. Mature fruits are used as natural cleaning sponges. Its fruit slightly resembles a cucumber or zucchini with ridges. It ranges from central and eastern Asia to southeastern Asia. It is also grown as a houseplant in places with colder climates. English common names include angled luffa, Chinese okra, dish cloth gourd, ridged gourd, sponge gourd, vegetable gourd, strainer vine, ribbed loofah, silky gourd, ridged gourd, silk gourd.[2][3][4]

Uses[edit]

The young fruit of some cultivars are used as cooked vegetables or pickled or eaten raw, and the shoots and flowers are sometimes also used.[5] Like Luffa aegyptica, the mature fruits are harvested when dry and processed to remove all but the fruit fibre, which can then be used as a sponge or as fibre for making hats.[5]

Names in other languages[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c M.M.P.N.D. - Sorting Luffa names. Plantnames.unimelb.edu.au (2000-02-06). Retrieved on 2014-05-26.
  3. ^ a b Luffa Angled. Kitazawaseed.com (2014-01-22). Retrieved on 2014-05-26.
  4. ^ Ridged Skin Luffa. Evergreenseeds.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-26.
  5. ^ a b Grubben, G.J.H.; Africa, P.R.o.T. (2004). Vegetables. Backhuys. ISBN 9789057821479. 
  6. ^ Dash, N. S., (2005), Corpus linguistics and language technology: with reference to Indian languages, Mittal Publication, India, p. 188.
  7. ^ Niir Board, Compendium of medicinal plants, National Institute of Industrial Research, India, p. 358.
  8. ^ Ong, H. C., (2008), Vegetables for health and healing, Utusan Publications & Distributors Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur, p. 30.