: 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 – Useful Tropical Plants

Prefers a pH in the range 5. Plants succeed in poor soils, but fruit best in soils of moderate fertility[ ]. Distribution Maps Top of page You can pan and zoom the map. The plant is an annual vine, native to South Asia and Southeast Asia.

Luffa sponge has been found to be effective in the removal of heavy metal from aqueous solutions. Description Top of page Sponge gourd is a vigorous-growing vine comprising five lufa stems with tendrils on the axils of leaves to facilitate climbing.

Luffa aegyptiaca

Luffa fruits and foliage are palatable and browsed by goats Achigan-Dako et al. Invasive weeds of Pohnpei: To ensure the visit of pollinating insects, the flowers are showy in colour, large in size and staminate flowers are produced in greater abundance than pistillate ones Seshadri, Luffa aegtptiaca are rich in protein and oil but highly variable contents are reported: References Jimoh et al. For more information about QR Codes click here.


It can be eaten as a curried vegetable, used in soup, fried, boiled, stuffed, dried and pickled. A plant of the lowland tropics, where it is found at elevations up to 1, metres.

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Luffa aegyptiaca (loofah)

The seed also yields edible oil. Fibre also possesses sound- and shock-absorbing properties and is therefore used in sandals, insoles, gloves and helmets. An evaluation of hydrolysed feather meal as a protein source in rabbit diets.

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However, luffa seeds and oil meal contain bitter substances that may be toxic to livestock. Sponges of different fibre density are needed for different products Davis and DeCourley, The female flowers have three stigmas and a smooth, cylindrical ovary. Ripening fruit Photograph by: Retrieved 23 June Young fruits were used for food. Plant and animal families Plant and animal species.

Mature fruits were used as bath sponges. Toxic plants for livestock in the western and eastern Serido, state of Rio Aegy;tiaca do Norte, in the Brazilian semiarid. More information about modern web browsers can be found at http: The fruits are green with aeyyptiaca marked lines, up to 61 cm long and 7.


Chemical composition of seeds and physicochemical characteristics of oils of Luffa aegyptiaca and Luffa cylindrica growing in Niger. Comparative evaluation of amino acid composition and volatile organic compounds of selected Nigerian cucurbit seeds. It is also used to make hats, insoles of shoes, car-wipers, mats, sandals and gloves.

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Ng found a mention of the use of cucurbits to induce second trimester abortions in China dating back to Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry. Seed treatment effects on emergence of luffa sponge gourd. The endocarp is aegyptiafa edible portion of the fruit that later becomes fibrous and spongy.

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References Top of page Davis JM, It can be downloaded from the Internet. Genotypic and phenotypic variability in ridge gourd.

Fruits and by-products Oil plants and by-products Other forage plants Forage plants. Don’t need the entire report? Textiles for sustainable development. Young luff, leaves, flower bugs, and seed are edible as well. The crop has been under cultivation since ancient times.