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  Luffa acutangula var. acutangula
 
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  Family: CUCURBITACEAE
  Citation:  Luffa acutangula (L.) Roxb., Hort. Bengal 70. 1841 & Fl. Ind. 3:713.1832, var. acutangula; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 615. 1879; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 533(377). 1919; Chakrav., Fasc. Fl. Ind. 11: 69. 1982; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 217. 1990; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 320. 2009.
  Malayalam Name(s): Chathurapeechan, Djinji, Peechinga
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Angled Luffa, Angled Loofah, Ribbed gourd, Ridged gourd, Vegetable sponge
  Description: Annual, climber with mostly 3-fid sub scabrous tendrils. Stem 5-angled, scabrous along ribs. Leaves pale green, roundish, palmately 5-7-lobed, 15-20 cm across, glabrous; petiole 8-12 cm long. Probracts fleshy with 3-10, glistening glands on upper surface, 3-7 mm long, 2-4 mm broad. Flowers pale yellow, pedicellate, c. 4.5 cm across. Male raceme 10-15 cm long, erect, axillary 10-20-flowered, female flowers solitary in same axil as males. Calyx tube pentagonal, slightly hairy, lobes equal to slightly longer than tube. Petals obcordate, c. 2 cm long, 2-2.5 cm broad, emarginate or not. Stamens 3, filaments c. 4 mm long. Ovary 10-angled. Fruit (10-) 15-30 (-45) cm long, 6-10 cm in diameter, acutely 10-angled. Seeds black, 10-12 mm long, 6-8 mm broad, rugose, emarginate.
  Habit: Climber
  Flowering & Fruiting: November-June
  District(s): Alappuzha, Palakkad, Idukki, Wayanad, Thrissur
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Cultivated
  Distribution: Indo-Malesia
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Yellow
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: Yes
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Panthenthode border, Vallikkunnam
   
 
   
 
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