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Luffa acutangula, Ridged luffa, Vegetable sponge, Angled Luffa, Angled Loofah

Luffa acutangula

Ridged luffa, Vegetable sponge, Angled Luffa, Angled Loofah
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Origin: Southern Asia , India
Vine or creeperFull sunRegular waterYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
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Ridged luffa is a tropical running annual vine with rounded leaves and yellow flowers. The plant is diecious, having both male and female flowers. The rather large male flowers are bright yellow and occur in clusters. The female flowers are solitary and have the tiny slender ovary attached. The leaves are covered with short hairs and the fruits are ribbed and cylindrical shaped. It has ten longitudinal angular ridges and a tapered neck. Ridged luffa is very similar to L. Cylindrica which lacks the ridge. The young fruit is used as a cooked vegetable; although some gardeners grow Chinese okra for the fibrows interior. The fibrows netting is an excellent sponge but there are also industrial applications such as waterfilters. In Suriname's traditional medicine, a tea of the leaves is used as a diuretic, while juice of the fruit is used against internal hemorrhage. The seeds have laxative properties. Propagation: By seeds.


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