Anguina dioica (Roxb.) Kuntze
Trichosanthes officinalis M.Roem.
Common Name: Pointed Gourd
Pointed gourd is a perennial, climbing plant producing stems that can sprawl over the ground or climb into other plants for support, attaching themselves by means of tendrils.
The plant has been cultivated, especially in eastern India, for over 2,000 years[
]. Its edible fruit is highly prized in India[
E. Asia - Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar.
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Thriving in lowland tropical conditions, it is well adapted to grow at low elevations in areas of high rainfall[
Requires a rich well-drained soil and plenty of moisture in the growing season[
]. Intolerant of drought[
There are some named forms[
Fruit - cooked and used as a vegetable[
]. A highly prized food in India[
]. The oblong fruit is up to 2cm long[
Leaves and tender shoots - cooked. The older leaves have a bitter flavour, they are used in soups and stews[
The juice of the fruits and leaves are used in traditional medicine[
A drying oil is obtained from the seed[
Seed - sow in situ.
Cuttings of shoots about 60cm long, inserted 15cm into the soil[
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