Benincasa cerifera Savi
Cucurbita hispida Thunb.
Family: Cucurbitaceae - Cucumber family
Growth Habit: Vine
Bangla/Vernacular Name: Chalkumra.
Tribal Name: Aamy-kaowling (Khumi), Kampen Wi (Murang), Jhum Chalkumra (Tanchangya).
English Name: Ash Gourd.
A large climber, hispid all over. Leaves large, hispid. Flowers solitary, large, yellow. Fruits broadly cylindric, hairy; mature fruit glabrous, ash coloured.
Fruit contains lupeol, ß-sitosterol, mannitol, n-triacontanol, glucose, rhamnose and several amino acids. It also contains saponins, arginine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, asparagine, glutamine, praline, hydroxyproline, isoleucine, cystine, L-leucine and guaridine. A new pentacyclic triterpene, isomultiflorenyl-acetate, has been isolated from plant (Ghani, 2003).
Cultivated throughout the country.
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