Luffa acutangula

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Luffa acutangula
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Scientific classification edit
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.
  • 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 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 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, silk gourd,[2][3][4] and sinkwa towelsponge.[5]


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.[6] 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.[6]


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  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  2. ^ M.M.P.N.D. - Sorting Luffa names. (2000-02-06). Retrieved on 2014-05-26.
  3. ^ Luffa Angled. (2014-01-22). Retrieved on 2014-05-26.
  4. ^ Ridged Skin Luffa. Retrieved on 2014-05-26.
  5. ^ USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Luffa acutangula". The PLANTS Database ( Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  6. ^ a b Grubben, G.J.H.; Africa, P.R.o.T. (2004). Vegetables. Backhuys. ISBN 9789057821479.
  7. ^ Chakravarty, H. L. (October 1948). "Extrafloral Glands of Cucurbitaceæ". Nature. 162 (4119): 576–577. Bibcode:1948Natur.162..576C. doi:10.1038/162576b0. S2CID 4128826.