Taxon: Luffa aegyptiaca Mill.

Genus: Luffa
Family: Cucurbitaceae
      Tribe: Sicyoeae
Nomen number: 22788
Place of publication: Gard. dict. ed. 8: Luffa. 1768
Name Verified on: 12-Jun-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 10-May-2000
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9)
Accessions: 220 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: potential as oil/fat (fide Hamdard 38:99. 1995)
  • Human food: vegetable (from seeds fide Pl Res SEAs 8:194-195. 1993)
  • Materials: fiber (of fruit for sponges fide Biol Cucurb 327. 1990; Hamdard 38:99. 1995)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2; Hamdard 38:99. 1995)

Distributional Range:


    . origin Asia or possibly Africa


    . cult. throughout tropics


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