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  Luffa acutangula var. amara
 
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  Family: CUCURBITACEAE
  Citation:  Luffa acutangula (L.) Roxb., Fl. Ind. 3: 713. 1832; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 533(377). 1919; Jeffrey, Kew Bull. 34: 792. 1980: var. amara (Roxb.) Clarke in Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 615. 1879; Chakrav., Fasc. Fl. Ind. 11: 70. 1982; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 204. 1996; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 292. 1997.
  Malayalam Name(s): Athanga, Kattupeechil, Kayappanpadalavam
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  Description: Monecious, climbing annuals; stem angular, glabrous, scabrid at angles only, sulcate when dry. Leaves alternate, 7-12 x 6-10 cm, palmately 5-angled, scabrid on both surfaces especially on nerves beneath, at length punctate above, pale green; margins denticulate, cordate at base; petioles 1-3 cm long, pubescent; tendrils 3-fid, pubescent. Male flowers in 10-20 flowered axillary racemes. Calyx pubescent, lobes obscurely, longitudinally keeled. Corolla obcordate, rounded or scarcely emaginate, lobes spreading. Stamens 3. Female flowers on 5-7 cm long peduncles, solitary in the same axils as male peduncles. Ovary prominently ribbed. Fruit 5-8 x 3-3.5 cm, clavate, narrowing into the pedicel, longitudinally 10-angled, smooth; seeds 8-9 x 5 mm, black, beaked, narrowly winged in the beak region only, verrucose, compressed.
  Habit: Climber
  Flowering & Fruiting: September-December
  District(s): Malappuram, Thrissur
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Moist deciduous forests
  Distribution: India
  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: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
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  Localities: Peechi, Kanjirakadavu
   
 
   
 
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