Momordica hispida Dennst. ex Miq.
Momordica renigera Wall. ex G. Don
Momordica roxburghii G. Don
Momordica sicyoides Ser.
Momordica triloba Wight
Momordica tuberosa Dennst. ex Miq.
Momordica wallichii Roem.
Common Name: Kaksa
Kaksa is a perennial climbing plant producing stems 3 - 5 metres long that scramble over the ground or climb into the surrounding vegetation, attaching themselves by means of tendrils[
The plant is occasionally cultivated in India for its edible fruit[
E. Asia - Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka.
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Requires a soil rich in organic matter if optimum yields are to be achieved[
A dioecious plant, male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
Fruit - cooked. Used as a vegetable[
]. The young, green, spiny fruits are much esteemed as a curry-vegetable[
]. They are quite palatable, rather sweet and entirely free of bitterness[
A semi-drying oil is extracted from the seed[
Tender shoots and leaves[
]. Used as greens[
]. The tuberous root is cooked as a vegetable[
The tuberous root is used in medicine[
]. The roots of female plants are larger than those of the male and are preferred for medicinal uses[
]. They are applied in bleeding piles and urinary complaints[
]. The root paste is applied over the body as a sedative in fever[
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