Lagenaria siceraria: Bottle Gourd, Calabash

Lagenaria is a genus of gourd bearing vines from the family Cucurbitaceae, also known as the “Squash” family. It contains at least seven species.

Lagenaria siceraria, bottle gourd is also known as the Calabash. The fruit can either be harvested young and used as a vegetable or harvested mature, dried, and used as a bottle or utensil.

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The calabash was one of the first cultivated plants in the world, grown not primarily for food, but for use as a water container. The bottle gourd may have been carried from Africa to Asia, Europe and the Americas in the course of human migration.

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Flowers are white, big, about 3-4 inches.

Photos: HortParkSingapore 20120630

Spurce: Wikipedia

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