Luffa acutangula

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Luffa acutangula
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus: Luffa
L. acutangula
Binomial name
Luffa acutangula
  • Cucumis acutangulus L.
  • Cucurbita acutangula (L.) Blume
  • Cucumis lineatus Bosc
  • Cucumis megacarpus G.Don
  • Cucumis operculatus Roxb.
  • Cucurbita campanulata D.Dietr.
  • Cucurbita umbellata J.G.Klein ex Willd.
  • Luffa amara Roxb.
  • Luffa cattu-picinna Ser.
  • Luffa drastica Mart.
  • Luffa fluminensis M.Roem.
  • Luffa foetida Cav.
  • Luffa forskalii Beck & F.Abel
  • Luffa forskalii Schweinf. ex Harms
  • Luffa gosa Buch.-Ham.
  • Luffa hermaphrodita N.B.Singh & U.C.Bhattach.
  • Luffa kleinii Wight & Arn.
  • Luffa plukenetiana Ser.
  • Luffa tenera Royle
  • Luffa umbellata (J.G.Klein ex Willd.) M.Roem.

Luffa acutangula is a cucurbitaceous vine that 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 is native to South Asia and has been naturalised in other regions.[1] 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, silk gourd,[2]


The young fruit of some Luffa cultivars are used as cooked vegetables or pickled or eaten raw, and the shoots and flowers are sometimes also used.[3] Like Luffa aegyptiaca, 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.[3]


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  1. ^ a b c "Luffa acutangula". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2024-02-27.
  2. ^ M.M.P.N.D. - Sorting Luffa names. (2000-02-06). Retrieved on 2014-05-26.
  3. ^ a b Grubben, G.J.H.; Africa, P.R.o.T. (2004). Vegetables. Backhuys. ISBN 9789057821479.
  4. ^ Chakravarty, H. L. (October 1948). "Extrafloral Glands of Cucurbitaceæ". Nature. 162 (4119): 576–577. Bibcode:1948Natur.162..576C. doi:10.1038/162576b0. S2CID 4128826.