Teasle Gourd
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Teasle Gourd
P Native Photo: Tabish
Common name: Teasle Gourd • Assamese: ভাত কেৰেলা Bhat kerala • Bengali: Kakrol, Kankrol • Kannada: Gantola • Manipuri: ꯀꯥꯔꯣꯠ Karot, ꯀꯥꯔꯣꯟ Karon • Mizo: Kakrul
Botanical name: Momordica subangulata subsp. renigera    Family: Cucurbitaceae (Pumpkin family)
Synonyms: Momordica renigera, Momordica hamiltoniana

Teasle Gourd is a perennial climber with stem robust. Leaves are ovate-heart-shaped, below finely velvet-hairy, yellow-brown velvet-hairy on veins or becoming hairless. Flowers arise singly in leaf axils, creamish-yellow. Petals are oblong or obovate, 2-3 x 1.5-2.5 mm, 5-veined, tip blunt-rounded; strongly overlapping, stamens 3 or 5. Flower-stalks are slender, 5-8 cm; bract round-kidney-shaped, 2-3 x 2-4 cm. Sepals are lanceshaped. Fruiting stalk is slender, hairless. Fruit is ovoid or broadly ovoid, 5-7 cm, covered all over with small tubercles, ripening to red. It is eaten as a vegetable in NE India, North Bengal and Assam. Teasle Gourd is found on roadsides on mountain slopes, thickets; at altitudes of 1400-2500 m in Yunnan, Bangladesh, NE India, Myanmar, Thailand. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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