Spiny Gourd
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Spiny Gourd
ative Vine Photo: Santosh Khanjodkar
Common name: Spiny Gourd • Hindi: बन करेला Ban karela • Kannada: ಮಡಿಹಾಗಲು Madihaagalu, ಮಡಹಾಗಲ Madahaagala, ಮಡವಾಗಲ್, ಮಡವಾಗಲು Madavaagal, ಮಡಿವಾಗಲ್, ಮಡಿವಾಗಲು Madivaagal, ಕಂದೆ Kande, ಕಾರ್ಚಿ Kaarchi • Manipuri: ꯂꯝ ꯀꯥꯔꯣꯠ ꯑꯈꯥꯕꯤ Lam karot akhabi • Marathi: करटोली Kartoli • Gujarati: Katwal • Assamese: Avandhya • Telugu: Agakara
Botanical name: Momordica dioica      Family: Cucurbitaceae (Pumpkin family)

Spiny Gourd is a large perennial climber which grows up to 3-5 m. Alternately arranged ovate leaves are 3-5 lobed. Yellow flowers are 4-6 cm across, solitary on axillary stalks. Male and female plants are on different plants. Fruit is an ellipsoid, 3-6 cm long, densely covered with soft spines.
Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Maharashtra

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