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Trichosanthes kirilowii, Snakegourd, Chinese Cucumber

Trichosanthes kirilowii

Snakegourd, Chinese Cucumber
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Origin: SE Asia
Vine or creeperFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersEthnomedical plant.
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Trichosanthes kirilowii is a annual flowering plant.

This plant is commonly used in Chinese herbalism where it is considered to be one of the 50 fundamental herbs. The young fruits are pickled. The pulp of older fruits is eaten. Mature fruits are about 10cm long. Leaves and young shoots - cooked and used as a vegetable. It is also grown for the ornamental flowers.


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Trichosanthes kirilowii, Snakegourd, Chinese Cucumber
Trichosanthes kirilowii, Snakegourd, Chinese Cucumber


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