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Luffa aegyptiaca (loofah)

More information about modern web browsers can be found at http: Copy and print the QR code to a plant label, poster, book, website, magazines, newspaper etc and even t-shirts. Genotypic and phenotypic variability in ridge gourd. It acts mainly on the lungs, liver and stomach[ ]. There are no pictures available for this datasheet If you can supply pictures for this datasheet please contact: The pistillate flowers are borne either singly on a separate node or in association with staminate inflorescence.

The pistillate flowers are pollinated by insects. The loofah is an astringent, pain-killing herb that controls bleeding, promotes healing, improves circulation and milk flow[ The fiber is xylem.

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When sowing in containers, place 2 – 3 seeds in each container, thinning to the best plant once they have germinated. Luffa oil meal was reported to be toxic to cattle Achigan-Dako aegypitaca al.


The fruits are about 30 cm long resembling a cucumber. It is adapted to tropical and subtropical climates and requires warm summer temperatures and a long, frost-free growing season for maximum yield. Vegetables in the tropics.

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The fruit, in particular, is used in the treatment of various conditions such as rheumatism, chest pains, back pains, orchitis, hemorrhoids, internal bleeding, and insufficient lactation. Luffa fruits and foliage are palatable and browsed by goats Achigan-Dako et al.

Luffa is thought to have originated from Asia, though some authors have also suggested a West African origin. Distribution Table Top of page The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. The staminate flowers are produced in racemes of and contain five free stamens. Fruits drying along the roadside in Monterrico, Guatemala, where production of the sponges lufa an important local industry. References Jimoh et al.

Description Top of page Sponge gourd is a vigorous-growing vine comprising five angled stems with tendrils on the axils of leaves to facilitate climbing. Luffa is now widely spread in tropical and subtropical areas worldwide. Mature fruits take 3 – 4 months to ripen[ ]. The dried fruits are used as abrasive sponges in skin care to remove dead skin and stimulate the peripheral circulation[ ].

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The flowers are monoecious, produced on leaf axils, and consist of five petals of a conspicuous yellow colour, cm across, united below in a bell-shaped corolla, open in early morning.


Steamed and served with rice[ ]. Publisher Dorling Kindersley, London. They are also used in soups, curries etc[]. Seeds, with a loofah in the background Photograph by: The young fruits and leaves can be cooked as a vegetable fruits are used in India to make curry or eaten fresh or dried. Sponge gourd is now found in cultivation or as an escape in all tropical regions of the world.

The seed yields edible oil. Comparative evaluation of amino acid composition and volatile organic compounds of selected Nigerian cucurbit seeds.

Chemical composition and nutritive significance of Luffa aegyptica and Castenea sp. If you have important information about this plant that may help other users please add a comment or link below. Cultivation of sponge gourd has been reported in the following countries: An emerging high potential underutilized cucurbit. Right plant wrong place. Luffa is a fast-growing vine well suited to tropical areas or to summer-growing conditions under a temperate climate.

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