Luffa aegyptiaca

Family:CUCURBITACEAE
Species:Luffa aegyptiaca Mill.
Common Name:VEGETABLE SPONGE; LOOFAH
Plant Notes:The name Luffa cylindrica is sometimes applied to this species (Jarvis 2007).
Status:Not Native
Specimen: View details of USF Herbarium specimens

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Classification

Division
Class
Sub Class
Order CUCURBITALES
FamilyCUCURBITACEAE
Genus Luffa
Species Luffa aegyptiaca Mill. - VEGETABLE SPONGE; LOOFAH

Citation

Citation LUFFA AEGYPTIACA Miller, Gard. Dict., ed. 8. 1768.
Basionym: Momordica luffa Linnaeus 1753.
Type: INDIA: Without data (lectotype: LINN 1150.6). Lectotypified by C. Jeffrey, in Milne-Redhead & Polhill, Fl. Trop. E. Afr., Cucurbitac. 76. 1967.

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Source

CountyHerbariaLiterature Citation (If Applicable)
Hillsborough USF  
Miami-Dade FTG  

Synonyms

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SynonymFull CitationBasionymType
Luffa cylindrica Luffa cylindrica (Linnaeus) M. Roemer ex T. Durand & H. Durand, Syll. Fl. Congol. 229. 1909, non M. Roemer 1846.BASIONYM: Momordica cylindrica Linnaeus 1753. 
Luffa cylindrica Luffa cylindrica M. Roemer, Fam. Nat. Syn. Monogr. 2: 63. 1846.  
Luffa pentandra Luffa pentandra Roxburgh, Fl. Ind., ed. 1832. 3: 712. 1832, nom. illegit.BASIONYM: Luffa aegyptiaca Miller 1768; Momordica luffa Linnaeus 1753. 
Momordica cylindrica Momordica cylindrica Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1009. 1753. TYPE: Without data (lectotype: LINN 1150.9). Lectotypified by Wunderlin, in Woodson et al., Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 65: 329. 1978.
Momordica luffa Momordica luffa Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1009. 1753. TYPE: INDIA: Without data (lectotype: LINN 1150.6). Lectotypified by Jeffrey, in Milne-Redhead & Polhill, Fl. Trop. E. Afr., Cucurbitac. 76. 1967.
Momordica reticulata Momordica reticulata Salisbury, Prodr. Stirp. Chap. Allerton 158. 1796, nom. illegit.BASIONYM: Momordica luffa Linnaeus 1753. 
Turia cylindrica Turia cylindrica (Linnaeus) J. F. Gmelin, Syst. Nat. 2: 403. 1791.BASIONYM: Momordica cylindrica Linnaeus 1753. 
Cucumis lineatus Cucumis lineatus Bosc, J. Hist. Nat. 2: 251, t. 37. 1792. TYPE: GUYANA:
Cucumis megacarpus Cucumis megacarpus G. Don, Gen. Hist. 3: 28. 1836.  
Cucurbita multiflora Cucurbita multiflora G. Forster ex Sprengel, Syst. Veg. 3: 45. 1826.  
Luffa aegyptiaca var. peramara Luffa aegyptiaca Miller, var. peramara F. M. Bailey, Syn. Queensl. Fl., suppl. 3. 29. 1890. TYPE: AUSTRALIA: Queensland: Mulgrave River, s.d., Bailey s.n. (holotype: BRI).
Luffa cattu-picinna Luffa cattu-picinna Seringe, in de Candolle, Prodr. 3: 303. 1828. TYPE: INDIA: Kerala: Malabar, without data (holotype: Rheede, Hort. Malab. 8: t. 8. 1688).
Luffa clavata Luffa clavata Roxburgh, Fl. Ind., ed. 1832. 3: 714. 1832. TYPE: INDIA:
Luffa cordata Luffa cordata (J. F. Gmelin) Meisner ex M. Roemer, Fam. Nat. Syn. Monogr. 2: 67. 1846.BASIONYM: Turia cordata J. F. Gmelin 1791. 
Luffa cylindrica var. insularum Luffa cylindrica M. Roemer, var. insularum (A. Gray) Cogniaux, in Alph. de Candolle, Monogr. Phan. 3: 459. 1881.BASIONYM: Luffa insularum A. Gray 1854. 
Luffa cylindrica var. leiocarpa Luffa cylindrica M. Roemer, var. leiocarpa Naudin, Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., ser. 4. 12: 121. 1859.  
Luffa cylindrica var. minima Luffa cylindrica M. Roemer, var. minima Naudin, Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., ser. 4. 16: 165. 1862.  
Luffa cylindrica var. multiflora Luffa cylindrica M. Roemer, var. multiflora (G. Forster ex Sprengel) Domin, Biblioth. Bot. 89: 632. 1929.BASIONYM: Cucurbita multiflora G. Forster ex Sprengel 1826. 
Luffa cylindrica var. triangularis Luffa cylindrica M. Roemer, var. triangularis Cogniaux, Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 21: 209. 1895.  
Luffa insularum Luffa insularum A. Gray, in Wilkes, U.S. Expl. Exped. 15: 644. 1854. TYPE: FIJI: Vanua Levu, Mathuata Prov., 1840, U.S. Exploring Expedition s.n. (lectotype: US). Lectotypified by A. C. Smith, Fl. Vit. Nova 2: 682. 1981.
Luffa leiocarpa Luffa leiocarpa (Naudin) F. Mueller, Fragm. 3: 107. 1862.BASIONYM: Luffa cylindrica M. Roemer, var. leiocarpa Naudin 1859. 
Luffa leucosperma Luffa leucosperma M. Roemer, Fam. Nat. Syn. Monogr. 2: 63. 1846.  
Luffa parvula Luffa parvula Buchanan-Hamilton ex M. Roemer, Fam. Nat. Syn. Monogr. 2: 65. 1846. TYPE: INDIA:
Luffa petola Luffa petola Seringe, in de Candolle, Prodr. 3: 303. 1828.  
Luffa racemosa Luffa racemosa Roxburgh, Fl. Ind., ed. 1832. 3: 715. 1832. TYPE: INDIA:
Luffa satpatia Luffa satpatia Buchanan-Hamilton ex M. Roemer, Fam. Nat. Syn. Monogr. 2: 63. 1846. TYPE: INDIA:
Luffa scabra Luffa scabra Schumacher & Thonning, in Schumacher, Beskr. Guin. Pl. 405. 1827.  
Luffa striata Luffa striata Schrader, Linnaea 11(Litt. Ber.): 88. 1837.  
Luffa sylvestris Luffa sylvestris Miquel, Fl. Ned. Ind. 1: 666. 1856.  
Luffa veitchii Luffa veitchii Naudin, Rev. Hort. 1873: 58. 1873.  
Melothria touchanensis Melothria touchanensis H. Léveillé, Fl. Kouy-Tcheou 122. 1914. TYPE: CHINA: Guizhou: Dushon, s.d., Bodinier s.n. (holotype: E).
Momordica carinata Momordica carinata Vellozo, Fl. Flumin. 419. 1881; Icon. 10: t. 97. 1831 ("1827"). TYPE: BRAZIL:
Poppya fabiana Poppya fabiana K. Koch, Allg. Gartenzeitung 1857: 60. 1857.  
Turia cordata Turia cordata J. F. Gmelin, Syst. Nat. 2: 403. 1791.  

Specimens

Country State County Date Specimen Notes Image
USA Florida Hillsborough Co. 10 Jun 1986 R. P. Wunderlin 10206
USA Florida Hillsborough Co. 06 Dec 2015 A. R. Franck 3987 Sheet 3 of 4.
USA Florida Hillsborough Co. 06 Dec 2015 A. R. Franck 3987 Sheet 4 of 4.
USA Florida Hillsborough Co. 06 Dec 2015 A. R. Franck 3987 Sheet 2 of 4.
USA Florida Hillsborough Co. 06 Dec 2015 A. R. Franck 3987 Sheet 1 of 4.
USA Florida Hillsborough Co. Dec 1971 D. Burch 5589 CULTIVATED.
St. Vincent & the Grenadines St. Vincent St. Andrew Par. 24 Feb 1965 G. R. Proctor 25898
Puerto Rico Humacao Mun. 01 Dec 1981 B. F. Hansen 9546
Colombia Huila Dept. 08 Jan 1974 A. Gentry 8981
Peru Amazonas 09 Jul 1974 B. Berlin 1550 CULTIVATED.
Colombia Valle Dept. 12 Jul 1984 A. Gentry 47966
Mexico Guerrero Aug 1984 B. Lopez C. 7-50
Mexico Veracruz Tlacotalpan Mun. 01 Feb 1984 M. Nee 29202
Mexico Oaxaca Oct 1995 B. Martínez s.n.
Peru Loreto Alto Amazonas Prov. 31 Jul 1979 C. Diaz 1308
Paraguay Central Dept. Oct 1991 B. Pérez 1273
Colombia Amazonas Dept. 18 Nov 1974 A. Gentry 12746
Colombia Caquetá Dept. 11 Jan 1974 G. Davidse 5717
Ecuador Napo Prov. 05 Nov 1974 A. Gentry 12479
Ecuador Guayas Prov. 25 Oct 1981 C. H. Dodson 11950
Ecuador Guayas Prov. 25 Oct 1981 C. H. Dodson 11950
Costa Rica Guanacaste Prov. 08 Sep 1975 J. E. Poppleton 552
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