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This genus is accepted, and is native to Asia-Tropical, Africa, Southern America, Northern America and Australasia..

[FZ]

Cucurbitaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

Habit
Annual prostrate or scandent herbs.
Leaves
Leaves simple, petiolate.
Tendrils
Tendrils proximally 2–6-fid.
Receptacle
Receptacle-tube broadly campanulate; lobes large, enclosing the petals in bud, entire.
Corolla
Petals 5, free, entire.
Stamens
Stamens 5, all one-thecous, or 3, 2 two-thecous & 1 one-thecous; filaments inserted on the receptacle-tube, free; anthers free; connectives broad; thecae much convoluted.
Flowers
Female flowers solitary; ovary smooth, ribbed, tuberculate or spiny; ovules many, horizontal; stigma 3-lobed. Male flowers racemose. Flowers yellow or whitish, monoecious.
Fruits
Fruit globose to cylindrical, rostrate, smooth, ribbed or spiny, dry, brownish, fibrous, dehiscent by an apical operculum.
Seeds
Seeds compressed, oblong-elliptic in outline.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Habit
Annual climbing or trailing herbs
Leaves
Leaves simple
Tendrils
Tendrils 2–6-fid
Inflorescences
Male flowers racemose Monoecious or dioecious
Hypanthium
Hypanthium broadly campanulate
Calyx
Sepals 5, large, enclosing the petals in bud
Corolla
Petals 5, free, yellow or white
Stamens
Stamens 5, all one-thecous, or 3, 2 two-thecous, 1 one-thecous, inserted on the hypanthium, free; connective broad; thecae convoluted
Flowers
Female flowers solitary
Ovary
Ovary smooth, ribbed or spiny
Ovules
Ovules numerous, horizontal
Fruits
Fruit dry, brownish, fibrous, smooth, ribbed or spiny, dehiscent by an apical lid
Seeds
Seeds compressed, black.
Distribution
Nine species, palaeotropical and neotropical.

[FTEA]

Cucurbitaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1967

Habit
Climbing or trailing herbs
Leaves
Leaves simple; blade palmately lobed
Tendrils
Tendrils proximally 3–6-fid, less often bifid
Flowers
Flowers medium to large yellow, monoecious Male flowers racemose; receptacle-tube shortly campanulate; lobes relatively large, enclosing petals in bud, entire; petals 5, free, entire; stamens 5, all 1-thecous, in 2 pairs with one single, or the paired stamens variously united, when completely so stamens appearing as 3, 2 double 2-thecous, 1 single 1-thecous; filaments inserted on the tube, free; anthers free; connective broad; thecae marginal, much convoluted Female flowers solitary; ovary smooth, ribbed, tuberculate or spiny; ovules many, horizontal; receptacle-tube short; stigmas 3, bilobed
Male
Male flowers racemose; receptacle-tube shortly campanulate; lobes relatively large, enclosing petals in bud, entire; petals 5, free, entire; stamens 5, all 1-thecous, in 2 pairs with one single, or the paired stamens variously united, when completely so stamens appearing as 3, 2 double 2-thecous, 1 single 1-thecous; filaments inserted on the tube, free; anthers free; connective broad; thecae marginal, much convoluted
Female
Female flowers solitary; ovary smooth, ribbed, tuberculate or spiny; ovules many, horizontal; receptacle-tube short; stigmas 3, bilobed
Fruits
Fruit medium-sized to large, subglobose to elongate-cylindrical, beaked, smooth, ribbed or sparsely to densely spiny with short to rather long spines, brownish, dry and fibrous, dehiscent by an apical operculum
Seeds
Seeds medium-sized, distinctly compressed, oblong-elliptic in outline
Figures
Fig. 10.

Native to:

Assam, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil Southeast, Cameroon, Chad, Colombia, Costa Rica, East Himalaya, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Galápagos, Guatemala, Guyana, India, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Territory, Pakistan, Panamá, Peru, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Trinidad-Tobago, Venezuela, West Himalaya, Western Australia

Introduced into:

Albania, Andaman Is., Angola, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Benin, Bismarck Archipelago, Brazil South, Burkina, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Repu, Chagos Archipelago, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Congo, Cook Is., Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Fiji, Florida, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Gulf States, Hainan, Haiti, Illinois, Inner Mongolia, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jawa, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Laos, Leeward Is., Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Louisiana, Malawi, Maldives, Maluku, Manchuria, Marianas, Mauritius, Mexico Central, Mozambique, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Nicobar Is., North Carolina, Oman, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Qinghai, Rwanda, Réunion, Samoa, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Is., South Carolina, Southwest Caribbean, Tadzhikistan, Tanzania, Texas, Thailand, Tibet, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuelan Antilles, Vietnam, Virginia, Wallis-Futuna Is., Windward Is., Xinjiang, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Luffa Mill. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
s.coll. [Cat. no. s.n.] K001132351

First published in Gard. Dict. Abr. ed. 4: s.p. (1754)

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • —F.T.A. 2: 530.

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Gard. Diet, abridg. ed. 4 (1754).

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 1, (1993) Author: by C. Jeffrey & M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Gard. Dict., Abridg. ed. 4 [without pagination] (1754)

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Flora of Tropical East Africa
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