|LUFFA CYLINDRICA L. - SMOOTH LUFFA.|
Dishrag gourd, smooth luffa, luff, lufa, belustra, nerua, calabaza de aristas, sponge luffa, kimput, bloostru, ghiya tori, nenwa, ta tsu kua, shui kwa, loofah, dishcloth gourd, vegetable sponge gourd, Pepinillo de San Gregorio, patola, patolang bilog, Loefahspons, Plantaardige spons, Schwammgurke, Hechima, Esponja vegetal.
Cucurbitaceae (Gourd family).
Sponge luffa is a tropical running vine with rounded leaves and yellow flowers.
Both male- and female flowers are on the same plant and are pollinated by bees.
The fruits are smooth and cylindrical shaped with white flesh.
The length of the fruit is one to two feet.
The young fruit is used as a cooked vegetable although some gardeners grow Smooth luffa for the fibrous interior only.
The fibrous netting is an excellent sponge but there are also industrial applications (water-filters).
Suriname's traditional medicine
A tea of the leaves is used as a diuretic, while juice of the fruit is used against internal hemorrhage.
The seeds have laxative properties.
USDA zone 7 - 11.
Full sun, good drained sandy loam.
Luffa is cold sensitive and should be grown during the warm season.
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