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Kedrostis nana, Dwarf Kedrostis

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 Kedrostis nana
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Dwarf Kedrostis
Origin: South Africa
CaudexVine or creeperFull sunRegular waterModerate waterYellow/orange flowersDeciduous

This deciduous climber has heart-shaped, medium-sized pale green leaves. Its tiny, greenish yellow flowers blossom in spring and are followed by red, ovoid fruit in summer.

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Kedrostis punctulata, Spotted Kedrostis

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Family: Cucurbitaceae
Spotted Kedrostis
Origin: South Africa
CaudexVine or creeperFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterYellow/orange flowers

Deciduous species. Climbing vine with geophytic caudex. Grows huge but only in the ground. It prefers well-drained soil, lots of water in the growing-periods and some sun. The small flowers are green, and it can also be reproduced by cuttings. Great plant for bonsai.

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

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Family: Cucurbitaceae
Ridged luffa, Vegetable sponge, Angled Luffa, Angled Loofah
Origin: Southern Asia , India
Vine or creeperFull sunRegular waterYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Edible

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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Luffa cylindrica, Loofah, Dishcloth Gourd, Vegetable Sponge Gourd

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Family: Cucurbitaceae
Loofah, Dishcloth Gourd, Vegetable Sponge Gourd
Origin: Southern Asia , India
Vine or creeperFull sunRegular waterYellow/orange flowersEdible

Very fast growing vine to 10-15ft. Vines may be ground dwelling, but grow best when give upward support. Care is similar to other gourds and melons. Water frequently, grow in full sun. If growing for sponges, allow the fruits to turn from green to yellow on the vine. Fruits will lose quite a bit of moisture and become light.

Luffa cylindrica is very similar to Luffa acutangula.

Fruits can be eaten, but the vine is most commonly grown for the fibrous interior of the fruits, which when dried, can be used as a sponge.

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Very fast growing vine to 10-15ft. Fruits can be eaten, but the vine is most commonly grown for the fibrous interior of the fruits, which when dried, can be used as a sponge.
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Melothria pendula, Melothria nigra, Melothria nashii, Melothria microcarpa, Melothria guadalupensis, Melothria fluminensis, Melothria edulis, Creeping Cucumber, Cute Cuke, Guadeloupe Cucumber, Wild Cucumber

Click to see full-size image Melothria pendula, Melothria nigra, Melothria nashii, Melothria microcarpa, Melothria guadalupensis, Melothria fluminensis, Melothria edulis
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Creeping Cucumber, Cute Cuke, Guadeloupe Cucumber, Wild Cucumber
Origin: Florida
Vine or creeperFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterYellow/orange flowersDeciduousEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Creeping Cucumber is a perennial vine with leaves that are palmately lobed like a hand with pointed tips. The largest leaves, near the base of the plant, are about 2-inches long. The leaves grow smaller towards the tip of the vine. Like other members in the family, it has curly tendrils to grab other plants for support. The vines can reach many feet long and form mats or spiderweb-like drapes. The flowers are yellow and very small with five petals. Its preferred habitat is along the edges of marshes, sandy roadsides, low woods, parking lot shrubs, and almost any fence.

Unfortunately for many Florida gardeners the common cucumber, Cucumis sativus is a challenge to grow in a low input organic garden. Melothria pendula is a relative of the common cucumber with similar taste and uses, although all are miniatures of the standard. The Creeping cucumber thrives in our hot, wet, and humid conditions. The small grape sized fruits resemble a mini watermelon, and should only be consumed when immature and green. As the fruit matures the skin becomes soft and turns a dark green black, at this state the fruit is not fit for consumption and has been linked to stomach upset and laxative effects. At the green or light green immature stage the creeping cucumber taste like a pleasantly tart common cucumber, almost as if the fruit has been pickled. Most commonly found along low woodland edges, fences, marsh edges, and other open or disturbed areas, this species can also be grown as a garden vegetable and does best with a climbing support such as a trellis, fence, or small open tree.


 Melothria pendula, Melothria nigra, Melothria nashii, Melothria microcarpa, Melothria guadalupensis, Melothria fluminensis, Melothria edulis, Creeping Cucumber, Cute Cuke, Guadeloupe Cucumber, Wild Cucumber

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Melothria pendula, Melothria nigra, Melothria nashii, Melothria microcarpa, Melothria guadalupensis, Melothria fluminensis, Melothria edulis, Creeping Cucumber, Cute Cuke, Guadeloupe Cucumber, Wild Cucumber

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Melothria pendula, Melothria nigra, Melothria nashii, Melothria microcarpa, Melothria guadalupensis, Melothria fluminensis, Melothria edulis, Creeping Cucumber, Cute Cuke, Guadeloupe Cucumber, Wild Cucumber

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Melothria pendula - seeds

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Guadeloupe Cucumber, Creeping cucumber. It is relative of the common cucumber with similar taste and uses, although all are miniatures of the standard. The Creeping cucumber thrives in our hot, wet, and humid conditions. The small grape sized fruits resemble a mini watermelon, and should only be consumed when immature and green. This species can also be grown as a garden vegetable and does best with a climbing support such as a trellis, fence, or small open tree.
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Momordica balsamina, Balsam Apple

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Family: Cucurbitaceae
Balsam Apple
Origin: Tropical Africa
Vine or creeperFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersEthnomedical plant.
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Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.InvasivePoisonous or toxic
  


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Momordica charantia, Bitter Melon, Balsam Apple, Balsam Pear, Karela

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Family: Cucurbitaceae
Bitter Melon, Balsam Apple, Balsam Pear, Karela
Origin: SE Asia
Vine or creeperFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Edible

Momordica charantia is an annual and has a creeping or climbing stem. The fruit is broadly egg shaped, beaked, bumpy, ribbed, to 10 cm long and golden yellow to bright orange. At maturity the fruit breaks, bursting open along the 3 valves. The orange pulp contains bright red arils which enclose the seeds.

Momordica charantia has been used extensively in folk medicine as a remedy for diabetes. In Ayurveda, the fruit is considered as tonic, stomachic, stimulant, emetic, antibilous,laxative and alterative. The fruit is useful in gout, rheumatism and subacute cases of the spleen and liver diseases. It has also been shown to have hypoglycaemic properties (anti-diabetic) in animal as well as human studies.

Plant in rich moist soil, in frost free areas, since bitter melon is very sensitve to frost. Do not water too much.

In cooler climates start planting in pots 6 weeks before the frost free date; transplant when there is no more danger of frost.


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Bitter melon is generally consumed cooked in the green or early yellowing stage.


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Bitter Melon, Balsam Apple. Momordica charantia is an annual and has a creeping or climbing stem. The fruit is broadly egg shaped, beaked, bumpy, ribbed, to 3-4" long and golden yellow to bright orange. At maturity the fruit breaks, bursting open along the 3 valves. The orange pulp contains bright red arils which enclose the seeds. Used extensively in folk medicine as a remedy for diabetes, gout, rheumatism and more.
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Momordica cochinchinensis, Momordica macrophylla, Gac fruit, Spiny bitter-cucumber, Chinese bitter-cucumber

Click to see full-size image Momordica cochinchinensis, Momordica macrophylla
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Gac fruit, Spiny bitter-cucumber, Chinese bitter-cucumber
Origin: SE Asia
Vine or creeperFull sunWhite/off-white flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Edible

Chinese bitter-cucumbers are yellow to reddish orange in color and have pale, firm flesh. The Indian is darker and thinner than the Chinese, while the Thai is white when immature. If left on the plant to ripen completely, the fruit bursts open. The light brown seeds are embedded in white, cottony flesh; but the seed coverings do taste pleasantly sweet and are often used as a condiment.

Momordica Cochinchinencis is a traditional medicinal plant in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, China, the Philippines, and the Caribbean, and has been used since early time. It was commonly grown in gardens and gave red fruit with red pulp. This plant is quite familiar to women; they know perfectly how to conserve such fruits and make use of them for various purposes such as cooking glutinous rice with fresh pulp, making dried pulp candy, jam, for the treatment of blur eyes, malnutrition as they contain active substances (now called pre-vitamin A).It is a good vegetable to hollow out and fill; but also delicious is curries, pickled, stir-fried, and salads; but it needs to be blanched before using as it cannot be eaten raw.


 Momordica cochinchinensis, Momordica macrophylla, Gac fruit, Spiny bitter-cucumber, Chinese bitter-cucumber

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Momordica rostrata , Momordica

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Family: Cucurbitaceae
Momordica
Origin: East Africa
CaudexVine or creeperRegular waterYellow/orange flowers

It prefers a well-drained soil, plenty of water in growth and some sun. The caudex will grow to 30 centimetres in diameter.


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Sechium edule, Sicyos edule, Chayote, Chayote Squash, Vegetable Pear, Chaw Chaw

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Family: Cucurbitaceae
Chayote, Chayote Squash, Vegetable Pear, Chaw Chaw
Origin: Mexico, Central America
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftVine or creeperFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.DeciduousEdibleThorny or spiny

The Sechium edule can be grown on the ground, but as a climbing plant, it will grow onto anything, and can easily rise as high as 12 meters when support is provided.

In the most common variety, the fruit is roughly pear-shaped, somewhat flattened and with coarse wrinkles, ranging from 10 to 20 cm in length. It looks like a green pear, and it has a thin, green skin fused with the green to white flesh, and a single, large, flattened pit. It is a true multi-purpose crop with edible fruit, edible leaves and edible tuberous roots. Some varieties have spiny fruits.


 Sechium edule, Sicyos edule, Chayote, Chayote Squash, Vegetable Pear, Chaw Chaw

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