Trichosanthes cucumerina subsp. anguina (L.) I. Grebenscikov (syn: Anguina anguina Huth; Cucumis anguinus (L.) L.; Involucraria anguina (L.) M. Roem.; Trichosanthes anguina L.; Trichosanthes colubrina Jacq. fil.; Trichosanthes cucumerina var. anguina (L.) Haines; Trichosanthes lobata Buch.-Ham. ex Wall. (ambiguous synonym); Trichosanthes lobata Wall. (ambiguous synonym); Trichosanthes petala Buch.-Ham. ex Wall.);
India, Nepal, Thailand, Myanmar [Burma], Bangladesh (I), Sikkim, Pakistan (I),
Jammu & Kashmir (I),
Philippines (Luzon), China (I), Java, peninsular
Malaysia, Mauritius (I), La Runion (I), Madagascar (I), Benin (I), Cameroon (I),
trop. Africa (I), Guinea (I), Andamans (I) (South Andamans (I)), Vietnam (I),
Lakshadweep Isl. (Laccadives) (I), Lesser Antilles (c) (Barbados (c), Guadeloupe
as per Catalogue of Life;

Cucurbitaceae week: Trichosanthes anguina from Hooghly: We grew this snake gourd, CHICHINGA in Bengali, in our front yard in 2010.

With some support by a few twain thread it climbed up to the roof of our single storied building and gave me these shots.
Species : Trichosanthes anguina L. (syn. Trichosanthes cucumerina L.)
Date : 23.10.2010, 10.20 a.m.
Place : Nalikul (Hooghly), WB
Cucurbitaceae Week :: Snake gourd at Morbe Dam: Sharing few photographs of Snake gourd (Trichosanthes cucumerina) in its fruiting stage.
Habitat: Cultivated
Plant habit: Climber.
Location: Morbe Dam ( near Chowk, Panvel-Khopoli Rd).




Commonly known as the Snake Gourd, these were shorter than the long ones we usually find in the market.

On searching, could be Snake Gourd – India Short?
Again seen in Bangalore during Nov,2013.

I think yes, Banpatol, very rarely eaten as vegetable, but commonly used in medicine. May look similar to parval (T. dioica) but more strongly pointed at one end and white lines often prominent at pointed end.

Thanks for validation and the Common name

Here I attached images of Trichosanthes cucumerina collected wild from Assam used as vegetable. Attachments (7).

Yes typical fruits.

KD ‘s vine and fruits … excellent
My question… his pic’s of fruits look different ( in markings on one end) from AK’s pictures above…
are they the same?

You may be right, Markings are prominent at one end in T. cucumerina var. cucumerina. May be … fruits are T. dioica (Parval). Here are my photographs of two one from Jim Corbett and one from Delhi markets.

Very nice pictures from Assam.
My pictures are of Snake Gourd only, what is known as Chachinda in Hindi.
The difference being that they were not as long.
Fruit length was 8 to 10 inches.
And they were sold as a vegetable, not for medicinal purpose.
They are definitely not Parwal.
I found a link…
Here, it is described as Snake Gourd -India Short. Or
Here, Short Snake Gourd.

you may be on the right track
there is a marked variability … in nature and in hybridizartion of most all gourds (as is so rampant in the beans/ Vigna family).
on page 6 of this paper from Bangladesh researches there a set of photos that shows an example of your fruit/veggies …


SK2049 15 July 2019 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)- around 700 kb each. 
Location: Gyaneswor, Kathmandu
Date: 27 June 2019
Elevation: 1300 m.

Habitat : Cultivated

Trichosanthes cucumerina L.??
Trichosanthes anguina L. ??
Trichosanthes cucumerina subsp. anguina (L.) I. Grebenscikov??
Both same or different ? Different IDs in different links.

Being cultivated, it will be Trichosanthes cucumerina subsp. anguina (L.) I. Grebenscikov (Cultivated) as per details herein.
Wild variety is different as per Trichosanthes cucumerina var. cucumerina  

Trichosanthes cucumerina : 4 posts by 2 authors. 2 image- 2 & 4 mb each.
Attaching an image of Trichosanthes cucumerina from Bilaspur. Photographed in August 2020.

Another image of the plant attached.

Was it cultivated ?

No … I found it as wild. May be an escape from cultivation