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Luffa aegyptiaca Mill.

Mount Usu / Sarobetsu post-mined peatland
From left: Crater basin in 1986 and 2006. Cottongrass / Daylily

Luffa Mill. (ヘチマ)
Hechima (ヘチマ, 糸瓜), luffa, loofah or loofa
Itouri/Touri (糸瓜)
Lifeform: annual vine, developing tendrils
Origin: India - southeastern Asia (imported from China to Japan in Muromachi Era)
Habitat: not known in a wild situation
Flower: diclinism (雌雄異花同株)
Chromosome number: 2n = 96 and others
Use: edible fruit, loofah water, fiber scrub brush, educational tool for studying flower morphology

Luffa cylindrica M. Roem.
Cucurbita luffa hort.
Momordica luffa L., basionym


Luffa aegyptiaca in Hokkaido

ST1 ST2 Flower
[1-3] in a parking lot along a radoside at East Ward (N24/E1) in Sapporo City on September 25 2023.