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Dinesh Valke

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Oct 8, 2010, 3:04:13 PM10/8/10
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Momordica charantia (syn. Momordica muricata, Momordica zeylanica)

mo-MOR-di-ka -- from the word to bite, reference to the seeds which look bitten
char-AN-tee-a -- a pre-Linnean name, used as the specific epithet of Momordica charantia


commonly known as: balsam pear, bitter gourd • Assamese: কেৰেলা karela • Bengali: করলা karala • Gujarati: કારેલું karelu • Hindi: करेला karela, कठिल्ल kathilla, परारु poraru • Kannada: ಹಾಗಲಕಾಯಿ haagalakaayi • Kashmiri: करेल् karel • Konkani: काराते kaaraate • Lushai: chang-kha • Malayalam: കയ്‌പ്പ kayppa, പാവയ്ക്ക pavaykka • Manipuri: কারোন অখাবী karon akhabi • Marathi: आंबलें ambalem, कारली karali, कारेती kareti • Mizo: changkha • Nepalese: अमला amala, करेलो karelo • Oriya: changkha • Punjabi: ਕਰੇਲਾ karela • Sanskrit: कारवेल्लकः kaarvellakah, कटिल्लः kathillah, परारु paraaru, सुषवी sushavi, ऊर्ध्वासितः urdhvaasitah • Sindhi: ڪَريلو karelo • Tamil: இராசவள்ளி iraca-valli, பாகற்காய் pagakkai • Telugu: కాకర kakara • Tibetan: su sa ba • Tulu: ಕಂಚಲ kanchala •  Urdu: کريلا karela


Attached views from town of Pali (famous for one of super eight temples of Lord Ganesha).
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Gurcharan Singh

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Oct 8, 2010, 3:33:18 PM10/8/10
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Yes Dinesh ji
I had also seen plants with light coloured flowers in my apartment complex in Delhi.


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tanay bose

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Oct 8, 2010, 4:14:13 PM10/8/10
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I think this called ucche in bengali !
Karela though looks same is bigger in size and more elongated alonfg the long axis
Tanay

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