Blue-Throated Barbet & Fruit of Coccinia grandis.

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Debasish Joardar

Nov 11, 2008, 10:28:36 AM11/11/08


Blue-Throated Barbet & Fruit of Coccinia grandis.
Should we save only "trees" or take a little bit care for those herbs?
At Bhadreshwar, Hooghly, West Bengal.
Date : 23rd October, 2008.
Debasish Joardar.

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mangala borkar

Nov 11, 2008, 11:42:43 AM11/11/08
to Debasish Joardar,
the pictures are taken very nicely. the barbet is looking very cute.

From: Debasish Joardar <>
Sent: Tuesday, 11 November, 2008 9:28:36 AM
Subject: [indiantreepix:5828] Blue-Throated Barbet & Fruit of Coccinia grandis.

J.M. Garg

Nov 11, 2008, 11:52:06 AM11/11/08
to Debasish Joardar,
Lovely pictures, Debasish ji.
Here are some extracts from Wikipedia link:

Coccinia grandis, also called tindora' (tindori, tindoori), ghiloda, kundri, kundru, kowai, kovai, kovakkai,kovakka(കോവയ്ക്ക), dondakaya, manoli, tindla, gentleman's toes (compare lady's fingers), tendli, thendli, thainli , ivy gourd or little gourd, is a tropical vine grown for its small edible fruits. They may be eaten immature and green, or mature and deep red. The young shoots and leaves may also be eaten as greens.

Older botanical sources may call this plant C. cordifolia.

The fruit is commonly eaten in Indian cuisine. Natives of Thailand, Indonesia, and other southeast Asian countries also consume the fruit and leaves. Cultivation of ivy gourd in home gardens has been encouraged in Thailand due to its being a good source of several micronutrients, including vitamins A and C.

In Karnataka, Kannada speakers refer to it as "Tondekayi". In Andhra Pradesh, south India, Telugu speakers refer to this vegetable as dondakaya. In Tamil Nadu, south India, Tamil speakers refer to it as kovakkai. In Kerala it is known as kovakka(കോവയ്ക്ക). In Assam it is known as kunduli. It is eaten as a curry, by deep-frying it; stuffing it with masala and sauteing it ; or boiling it first in a cooker and then frying it. It is also used in sambaar, a vegetable- and lentil-based soup.

In India, ivy gourd is often recommended to diabetics due to its low glycemic index and its possible ability to help regular blood glucose.

In Hawai'i and the southern United States, among other regions, ivy gourd is considered an invasive plant.

Ivy gourd is rich in beta-carotene.[1]

Other good links with details & pictures:, (pictures only)

satish phadke

Nov 12, 2008, 8:56:38 AM11/12/08
to J.M. Garg, Debasish Joardar,
Lovely pictures

2008/11/11 J.M. Garg <>



Anand Kumar Bhatt

Nov 13, 2008, 8:34:28 AM11/13/08
to Debasish Joardar,
I remeber a village boy in my native place (Ghazipur in the eastern part of U.P.) applying leaves of this creeper on his head wihch was full of boils. I also remembered the red fruits and its edible qulaity although low. The boy was cured.
This time when I saw the picture sent by you, the identity was confirmed. But I have not come across any medicial property/value of this creeper on the net. Please let me know if there is such a link.
Thanks again.

On Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 8:58 PM, Debasish Joardar <> wrote:

Pankaj Oudhia

Nov 13, 2008, 8:41:46 AM11/13/08

J.M. Garg

Nov 13, 2008, 8:57:16 AM11/13/08
to Pankaj Oudhia,
Hi, Anand ji,
Here are such links:, ("The medicinal use of the plant can be traced to ancient period where the juice of the roots and leaves were used in the treatment of diabetes mellitus, bronchitis, skin diseases, tongue-sores and ear ache (Satyavati et al., 1987). "),,M1 (

With regards,

Anand Kumar Bhatt

Nov 13, 2008, 9:24:48 AM11/13/08
to J.M. Garg, indiantreepix
thank you Gargji.

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