Luffa acutangula
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Luffa acutangula

sinkwa towelsponge
ridged luffa

  family cucurbitaceae 
  genus luffa 

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Genus  Luffa Species  acutangula Variety  Cultivar  Common names  sinkwa towelsponge   ridged luffa Family  CUCURBITACEAE Specimen number  S12063 Data source  UnVeg p235
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span  1 year Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Partial shade Water    Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 26 Acceptable soil pH  Slightly alkaline USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Partial shade is ideal for Luffa acutangula.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  It is edible like okra or summer squash when harvested young. Use as scrub brushes when full sized. Its nutritional value includes vitamin C. Luffa acutangula is most often used dried or fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Seed Pollination method    Planting style  Climbing Crop spacing  6' Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period  Apr 01 - Sep 30 Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Tender Heat requirement  Hot Fertilizer  Nitrogen Time to harvest  fall
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Dried Nutritional value  Vitamin C Edible parts  Gourd Description of edible parts Flavor / texture  edible like okra or summer squash when harvested young. Use as scrub brushes when full sized
Horticulture notes  New crops can be started from April through September, providing a 6 month rotation. Typical crop spacing is 6'. It requires hot days for good production. Nitrogen is required for optimal growth. The best harvesting period is fall. Luffa acutangula is typically propagated by seed.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Luffa acutangula has an annual life cycle.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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