Coccinia grandis

This perennial climber gives fruit similar to tiny cucumbers, turning red when fuly ripe. Not only the fruits but also the young shoots are used throughout Southern Asia, as food and medicine.

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This perennial climber gives fruit similar to tiny cucumbers, turning red when fuly ripe. Not only the fruits but also the young shoots are used throughout Southern Asia, as food and medicine. It is commonly eaten in Indian cuisine and most popular in W Bengala. It thrives in tropical, wet climates where it is also invasive, but it also grows well outdoors in the coastal Mediterranean.

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By Tauʻolunga - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2118030
By Forest & Kim Starr, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6128373

Cultivation Protected
Plant origin Asia
Presentation Potted Plant
Botanical family Cucurbitaceae
Light Sun
Plant type Woody
Care Pot
Shape Climbers
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