8594.000 Luffa Mill.

Description of the genus

Monoecious annual herbs, prostrate or climbing. Leaves simple. Tendrils 2-6-fid. Male flowers in a raceme. Petals 5, 2-4.5 cm, entire. Stamens 5. Female flowers solitary; ovary densely puberulous; stigma 3-lobed. Mature fruit dry, brownish, opening by an apical lid, fibrous internally. Seeds elliptic, flattened.

Worldwide: 7 species in the tropics

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

Luffa cylindrica

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

cylindrica (L.) M. Roem.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Luffa:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: cultivated Luffa
Flora of Malawi: Luffa
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Luffa
Flora of Mozambique: Luffa
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Luffa
Flora of Zambia: Luffa
Flora of Zimbabwe: Luffa

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Luffa
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Luffa
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Luffa
Wikipedia: Luffa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Luffa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Luffa

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Luffa.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1441, retrieved 26 November 2022

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