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Snake Gourd

Trichosanthes cucumerina


Snake Gourd is a tropical or subtropical vine, raised for its strikingly long fruit, used as a vegetable and for medicine. The narrow, soft-skinned fruit can reach 150 cm long. Its soft, bland, somewhat mucilaginous flesh is similar to that of the luffa and the calabash. Leaf blade kidney-shaped or broadly ovate, 7-10 × 8-11 cm, membranous, deeply 5-7-lobed, lobes triangular or rhombic. The white flower is beautiful and lacy, and open at night. It is most popular in the cuisine of South Asia and Southeast Asia. The shoots, tendrils, and leaves are also eaten as greens. It is a popular vegetable in South India. Medicinal uses: According to Ayurveda, the plant pacifies vitiated pitta, constipation, skin diseases, burning sensation, diabetes, anorexia, flatulence, constipation, worm infestation, fever and general weakness.

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LisaPowers 6 years ago

Congrats! This spotting has been featured as a PN Fact of the Day!

ceherzog 9 years ago

My, my...I've never looked at the flower up close. Add the gourd to your spotting if you's equally cool.

GeoLeo42 9 years ago

Looks like a snowflake...beautiful!

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Pune, Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Sep 15, 2009
Submitted on Nov 15, 2011

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