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: Seed Needs, Luffa Gourd (Luffa aegyptiaca) 2 Packages of 45 Seeds Non-GMO: Garden & Outdoor. Seed Needs, Luffa Gourd (Luffa aegyptiaca) 2 Packages of 45 Seeds Non-. +. Gourd Luffa Seeds, Luffa Gourd Sponge seeds, 25 seeds, Organic, NON GMO. The Sponge Gourd or Loofah (Luffa aegyptiaca) is widely valued for its interior fibers. Dried, these gourds are used for scrubbing and cleaning (among other.

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Luffa aegyptiaca

Datasheet Luffa aegyptiaca loofah. Chemical composition and nutritive significance of Luffa aegyptica and Castenea sp. References Top of page Davis JM, Evaluation of tropical green forages for dry season feeding of rabbits. Plenty in it for both the casual reader and the serious student.

It is an annual climbing or trailing herbaceous species that can grow to a length of 15 m. Although sponge gourd is considered a cross pollinated crop, the absence of self-incompatibility permits natural self pollination taking place within the same plant. Comments have to be approved before they are shown here.

Luffa oil meal is suitable as a fertilizer Achigan-Dako et al. If you have important information about this plant that may help other users please add a comment or link below. Alginate coated loofa sponge discs for the removal of cadmium from aqueous solutions. Fruit – raw or cooked[ ]. It is presently used as bath sponge, pot scrubber, filter, packing material and for making handicrafts Porterfield, ; Heiser, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Portuguese explorers first discovered uses for the fibro-vascular network of the ripe fruit of sponge gourd. We are currently updating this section.

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Descriptors for sponge gourd [ Luffa cylindrica L. Means of Movement and Dispersal Top of page L. The plant is an aegyptica vine, native to South Asia and Southeast Asia. Lufca seed yields edible oil. Don’t need the entire report? Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, In the European botanical literature, the plant was first described by Johann Veslingius inwho named it “Egyptian cucumber”. Sponge gourd will grow on many soil types but well-drained sandy loams are preferred.

Unlike the young fruit, the fully ripened fruit is strongly fibrous and inedible, and is used to make scrubbing bath sponges.

A preliminary investigation of cultivated and wild species of Luffa for aegyptiacca and protein contents. Skeletal fibrous net in fruits of Luffa cylindrica M.

A cooking oil is obtained from the seed[]. Due to the use as a scrubbing sponge, it is also known by the common names dishrag gourdrag gourdsponge gourdand vegetable-sponge. Externally, it is applied to shingles and boils[ ]. Seeds, with a loofah in the background Photograph by: It can also be grown in subtropical and temperate areas so long as there is a growing season of 4 months or more[ ].


Processes such as soaking, heat, or moist heat combined with fermentation alleviate toxicity in cucurbit seeds and meals and enhance their nutritive value Thacker et al.

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Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report. This taxon has not yet been assessed.

Genotypic and phenotypic variability in ridge gourd. Readable yet also very detailed.

Momordica operculata Blanco Turia cordata J. It has semi-coarse texture and good durability. Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka. Information about the composition of aegyptiacca products is relatively scarce. The leaves are broadly ovate to reniform, dark green with silvery patches on the topside, deep lobes, dentate, scabrous, x cm, apex acute, base cordate, petiole hispid and cm long Purseglove, It grows best at altitudes below m.

Cucurbitoideae Fruit vegetables Fiber plants Asian vegetables.