Family: Cucurbitaceae - Cucumber family
Growth Habit: Climber
Bangla/Vernacular Name: Chichinga, Hoppa, Kushi, Dudhikushi, Pola, Koinda (Noakhali).
Tribal Name: Horinkan shak, faranga ludi (Chakma), Khoinda (Chakma), Faranga ludi (Marma).
A climber. Stem slender, puberulous. Tendrils 2-3 fid. Flowers white. Fruits often twisted.
A paste of the leaves is applied to affected areas for the treatment of boils; fruits are eaten for the treatment of cancer. The whole plant is cooked as a vegetable (Chakma).
A root extract is taken for the treatment of fever (Tanchangya).
The fruits and leaves are used as vegetables either boiled or in curries (Chakma, Tripura, Marma, Bawm).
Cultivated throughout the country.
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