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A picture of a Snake Gourd

Snake Gourd

Trichosanthes cucumerina var. anguina

Also known as

Serpent Gourd, Chichinda, Padwal

Trichosanthes cucumerina var. anguina compose by RoRo (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Tender

H2

RHS hardiness

1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

5m

Max

3m

1m

Min

1m

1 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Snake Gourd

A fluffy white Trichosanthes cucumerina var. anguina flower

Snake Gourd Overview

Trichosanthes cucumerina var. anguina is an annual climber in the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae. It is an edible, vining plant and it is grown commercially for the fruits, which are consumed as vegetables. It produces fluffy, white flowers which lead onto long, sausage-shaped, sometimes twisting, snake-like fruits, hence the common name Snake Gourd. It is monoecious and thus forms individual male and female flowers on the same plant.

Special features of Snake Gourd

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits