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The american species of luffa cucurbitaceae

The american species of luffa cucurbitaceae

Systematic Botany 13(1): 138-145

Three species of Luffa are recognized as indigenous to tropical America: L. astorii, found sparingly in Venezuela, Eucador, and Peru; the widespread L. operculata which ranges from Panama into Brazil and Peru; and L. quinquefida which extends from western Mexico to Nicaragua. Although the species are not as well marked as those of the Old World, they can be distinguished by several morphological features. Artificial hybrids between the species are sterile or show considerable reduction in fertility. Luffa operculata is widely used in folk medicine, particularly for the treatment of sinusitis.

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