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 acutangula (L.) Roxb.

Family: Cucurbitaceae Genus: Luffa Species:  Luffa acutangula (L.) Roxb.






Synonym Cucumis acutangulus, Luffa amara Flower Color Yellow - Orange
Common Name Ribbed Sponge Gourd Flower Type Solitary
English / Trade Name Angled Luffa, Ribbed Sponge Gourd Flowering Period April-June
Vernacular /Local Name - Fruiting Period July-Sept
Altitude Up to 1500 m Fruit Type Capsule
Habit Climber Fruit Details Fruit an ellipsoid or cylindrical capsule up to 60(–90) cm × 10(–12) cm, beaked, not prominently ribbed, brownish, dehiscent by an apical operculum, glabrous, many-seeded
Habitat Occurs in Forest gaps and edges, agricultural lands and other disturbed areas Bark Type Smooth
Distribution India naturalised in parts of Kenya,Tanzania and other part of world Bark Details Bark grey, smooth
Distribution in manipur Eastern Origin Native
    Leaf Type Simple
    Leaf Arrangement Alternate (leaves born singly along stem)
    Leaf Shape Ovate
Description of Species Monoecious, annual, climbing or trailing herb up to 15 m long, stem 5-angled, finely hairy; tendrils 2–6-fid Leaf Details Leaves are subrounded-ovate, 10 to 20 cm long, shallowly five-lobed, and heart-shaped at the base

Specimen's Details / Live Plants Details

No Specimen Found