Luffa and Mikania

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sibdas ghosh

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Dec 4, 2008, 9:26:21 AM12/4/08
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4 pics of Luffa and Mikania
Luffa cylindrica (Syn. aegyptica- though native to India)-In Bengali
- Dhundul, Hindi- Ghia Torai.This Luffa sp. has two vars. -one sweet
and the other bitter, the sweet var. used as vegetables. Ripe fruits
of both vars. yield what is known as bath-sponge.(pics. 1 and 3). Pic
2 shows both Mikania and Luffa, Pic 4 only Mikania.Fruits in Fig 1,
upper left are of silk cotton, Luffa fruit is labeled.
Mikania scandens- a weed introduced during second world war, has
spread rapidly in the eastern part of India, has become a menace for
Tea gardens in Assam and N. bengal, although claimed to be rich source
of vitamins.


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J.M. Garg

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Dec 4, 2008, 9:31:08 PM12/4/08
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Links for Mikania scandens (climbing hempvine, climbing hempweed): http://www.missouriplants.com/Whiteopp/Mikania_scandens_page.html (good pictures with some details), http://www.hear.org/pier/species/mikania_scandens.htm (details with a picture), http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/galleries/mikaniascan.html (details with two pictures)

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