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It is an annual climbing or trailing herbaceous species that aegyptkaca grow to a length of 15 m. The leaves are alternate, large cm x cm ovate and aegyptiaa green. The seeds are numerous, dull black, elliptic-ovoid, mm long x mm broad. Luffa is primarily grown for its fibre production.

The young fruits and leaves can be cooked as a vegetable fruits are used in India to make curry or eaten fresh or dried. When the fruit matures it becomes fibrous: In Central Africa, luffa fibre is used to brush clothes. It is also used to make hats, insoles of shoes, car-wipers, mats, sandals and gloves. The fibre has shock aegyyptiaca sound absorbing properties that can be used in helmets and armoured vehicles.

The fibre can be used as a filter in engines or to treat water or, in Ghana, palm wine. Luffa oil meal is suitable as a fertilizer Achigan-Dako et al. However, luffa seeds and oil meal contain bitter substances that may be toxic aegyptaca livestock.

The use of luffa oil meal was considered inadvisable for cattle Achigan-Dako et al. Luffa aegyptiacz and foliage are palatable and browsed by goats Achigan-Dako et al.

Leaves can be eaten by horses, cattle, sheep and goats Malzy, Luffa is a fast-growing vine well suited to tropical areas or to summer-growing conditions under a temperate climate. Luffa is thought to have originated from Asia, though some authors have also suggested a West African origin.

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Luffa is now widely spread in tropical and subtropical areas worldwide. Naturalized luffa occurs in forests, woodlands, thickets and grasslands, and from sea level to an altitude of m.

Luffa can grow on a wide range of soils but does better on medium-textured organic soils such as deep, well-drained sandy loams, with the pH ranging from 5.


Luffa is sensitive to frost, and excessive rainfall during flowering or fruiting hampers fruit yield Ecocrop, ; Achigan-Dako et al. Leal and its cultivation has an increasing economic importance Anandjiwala, Luffa grows well on a support such as a trellis or fence.

Horizontal trellis were shown to enhance fruit yield in Sri Lanka Silva et al. Luffa seeds are rich in protein and oil but highly variable contents are reported: The protein profile is moderately rich in lysine 4. Luffa seeds and oil meal are bitter, due to the presence of cucurbitacin B, a steroid that is cytotoxic and poisonous to some animals. Another cucurbitacin found in luffa seeds is colocynthin, a purgative terpenoid glycoside.

Processes such as soaking, heat, or moist heat combined with fermentation alleviate toxicity in cucurbit seeds and meals and enhance their nutritive value Thacker et al.

There is little information available about the use of luffa forage, products and by-products as ruminant feeds as of An early paper reported that luffa leaves could be fed to cattle, sheep, goats and horses Malzy, Luffa oil meal aegyptiqca reported to be toxic to cattle Achigan-Dako et al.

No luvfa is available about the use of luffa fruit, seeds and oil meal in pig feeds as of However, processing would be necessary to reduce the presence of toxic components. Luffa seeds are a potential source of energy and protein for rabbits.

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Dairo, ; Elemo et al. Plant and animal families Plant and animal species. Datasheet Description Click on the “Nutritional aspects” tab for recommendations for ruminants, pigs, poultry, rabbits, horses, fish and crustaceans. Fruits and by-products Oil plants and by-products Other forage plants Forage plants. Uses Luffa is primarily grown for its fibre production.

Information about the composition of luffa products is relatively scarce. Seeds Luffa seeds are rich in protein and oil but highly variable contents are reported: Anti-nutritional and toxic factors Luffa seeds and oil meal are bitter, due to the presence of cucurbitacin B, a steroid that is cytotoxic and poisonous to some animals.

Seeds Luffa seeds are a potential source of energy and protein for lyffa. Tables of chemical composition and nutritional value. Luffa Luffa aegyptiacaseeds. References Dairo, ; Elemo et al. Luffa Luffa aegyptiacaoil meal. References Jimoh agyptiaca al.


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Non xegyptiaca feeds for use in swine production.