Manipur Forest Flora
A Comprehensive Database of Ligneous Plants of Manipur (India)
Designed & Developed by Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Complete Taxonomic details of Species: Luffa cylindrica (L.) M.Roem. 

Family: Cucurbitaceae Genus: Luffa Species: Luffa cylindrica (L.) M.Roem. 






Synonym Bryonia cheirophylla Wall., Luffa insularum A.Gray
Flower Color Yellow - Orange
Common Name Sponge Gourd Flower Type Solitary
English / Trade Name Sponge Gourd, Smooth Loofah, Vegetable Sponge Flowering Period April-June
Vernacular /Local Name Shebot Fruiting Period July-Sept
Altitude Up to 1500-1800 m Fruit Type Follicle
Habit Climber Fruit Details Fruits 10-22 X 6-8 cm, cylindric, fibrous within seeds many, C. 10 X 8 mm, ovoid, compressed, black
Habitat Occurs in forest gaps and edges, agricultural lands and other disturbed areas Bark Type Smooth
Distribution Native to India and naturalised include Eastern Africa and some Pacific Islands Bark Details Herbaceous, tough green angular aucculent stem
Distribution in manipur Eastern Origin Native
    Leaf Type Simple
    Leaf Arrangement Alternate (leaves born singly along stem)
    Leaf Shape Palmate
Description of Species Sponge Gourd is a rampant, fast growing annual vine that produces pretty yellow flowers and a popular vegetable as fruit that are edible when immature and used as back scrubbers or sponges when fully mature and can get more than 30 ft long and scrambles over anything in its path Leaf Details Leaves 5-7 lobed, 6-12 X 6-11 cm, orbicular or broadly ovate in outline, base cordate, margin shallowly dentate, apex acuminate, upper surface glandular-punctate, lower surface scabrid

Specimen's Details / Live Plants Details

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