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The Cucurbitaceae of India: Accepted names, synonyms, geographic distribution, and information on images and DNA sequences by Susanne S. Renner, Arun K. Pandey. (2013)-
Accepted names:
Luffa acutangula (L.) Roxb.
Luffa cylindrica (L.) M.Roem.
Luffa echinata Roxb.
Luffa graveolens Roxb.


Binomial Habit Notes References Distribution Common name
(L.) Roxb.
Climber Plains to Mid
Altitude, Cultivated
Flora of Tamil
Nadu, VOL. I, 1983
All districts Peippeerkan
Luffa cylindrica (L.) M.Roem. Climber Plains
to Low Altitude, Cultivated
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983



Botanical name Synonyms Family Common name

Luffa acutangula Luffa acutangula var. amara, Luffa amara Cucurbitaceae Bitter Luffa
Luffa acutangula Cucurbitaceae Ribbed Sponge Gourd
Luffa aegyptiaca is a synonym of Luffa acutangula Cucurbita luffa, Luffa cylindrica, Luffa pentandra, Momordica
Cucurbitaceae Sponge Gourd
Luffa echinata Cucurbitaceae Bitter Sponge Gourd

Luffa hermaphrodita Singh & Bhandari synonym of Luffa acutangula
Biodiversity in India, Volume 4 edited by T. Pullaiah (2006)- Details-
Forest Plants of Eastern India By Amal Bhusan Chaudhuri (1993)-
Gardening in India By George Marshall Woodrow, G Marshall (1999)-  Details-
Flora of Ranga Reddi District Andhra Pradesh, India By T. Pullaiah, M. Silar Mohammed (2000)- Details-

Luffa :  3 posts by 2 authors.

I have updated eFI (efloraofindia) page on Luffa

Attempts have been made to incorporate most of the species available in India & nearby areas with details & keys directly or through links as far as possible. It’s quite possible that there may be some discrepancy in the accepted names & synonyms taken from other links.

Species discussed so far in efloraofindia are given at the bottom of the page in the form of links against Subpages. On clicking them one can see all the details.

If someone can provide complete list of Indian species with source references it will be wonderful.

Any comments/ corrections are welcome.

Thank you. I am attaching a paper that has pretty color pictures of all species (worldwide). Filipowicz_Schaefer_SSR_Luffa (3 MB)