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Luffa cylindrica M. Roem.
Protologue : Fam. Nat. Syn. Monogr. 2: 63-64 (1846)
Information on the genus : Luffa
Status for MA : accepted (naturalised)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Momordica cylindrica L. (1753)
=Luffa aegyptiaca Mill. (1768)
=Luffa cylindrica var. agrestis Berhaut
=Bryonia cheirophylla Wall.
=*Cucumis acutangulus Wall. non L.
=Cucumis lineatus Bosc (1792)
=Cucumis megacarpus G. Don (1834)
=Luffa scabra Schumach. & Thonn. (1827)
=Momordica luffa L. (1753)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herbaceous annual or perennial climber or trailer to 15 m long.
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Ecology : Old cultivations and near habitations; in rocky places and forest edges; frequently naturalized in forest, woodland, bushland, thicket and grassland; river banks; also cultivated; 0-1530 m alt.
Biol./Eco : Herb, Vine; distribution: Comoros, Africa,

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:198 (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Ethnobotany of the Kwanyama Ovambos : 69-70 (1985).
  • Eur. Gard. Fl. 5: 296 (1997).

Bibliography other :
  • Edinburgh J. Bot. 68: 428 (2011)
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Record n°26178 modified 2012-04-20
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