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

Zambia: 1 taxon.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
cylindrica (L.) M. Roem.N,C,E,SN,E,Lk,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Luffa:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Luffa
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Luffa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Luffa
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Luffa
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Luffa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Luffa
JSTOR Plant Science: Luffa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Luffa
Plants of the World Online: Luffa
Tropicos: Luffa
Wikipedia: Luffa

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Luffa.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1441, retrieved 22 September 2023

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