|Luffa aegyptiaca subsp. var.||Smooth Luffa, Egyptian Luffa|
|Egyptian luffa fruit||
Luffa aegyptiaca is a species of Luffa. Commonly known as Smooth Luffa or Egyptian Luffa, sometimes under the obsolete name Luffa cylindrica and frequently misspelt "Luffa aegyptica", it is cultivated and grown for its fruit. The fruit resembles a cucumber. Young fruit can be eaten as a vegetable while ripe fruits can be use to make bath sponges. They may also be grown as an ornamental plant. It is native to northern Africa.
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Luffa cylindrica, Roem. (Momordica cylindrica, Linn. L. aegyptiaca, Mill. L. Petola, Ser. L. Veitchii, Naudin. L. faetida, Hort. [at least in part], not Cav. L. Fabiana, L. japonica, L. mexicana [?] and L. noctiflora alba, Hort.). Naga Itouri of Japanese. Sua-Kwa of Chinese. The commonest dishcloth gourd: sts. slender running, furrowed, roughened: lvs. roundish in outline, mostly 15-lobed, coarsely toothed, very scabrous above and beneath: staminate fls. 2-3 in. across, wilting in the sun; ovary cylindrical or clavate, pubescent, destitute of distinct ridges, ripening into a slender cylindrical curved fr. 1-2 ft. long; seeds black or rarely whitish, narrow- winged. A var. macrocarpa is listed. Probably native to the Old World, but widely distributed in the tropics.
Pests and diseases
- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963