Economic Botany

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 145–149 | Cite as

Fluted pumpkin,Telfairia occidentalis: West African vegetable crop

  • Bosa E. Okoli
  • C. M. Mgbeogu


Fluted pumpkin, Telfairia occidentalis, is native to West Africa but occurs mostly in its cultivated form in various parts of southern Nigeria.It is widely cultivated for its palatable and nutritious leaves which are used mainly as vegetable. The seeds are also nutritious and rich in an oil which may be used for cooking and soap manufacture. Its taxonomy, morphology and potential uses are discussed in relation to its economic importance as a tropical crop.


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© The New York Botanical Garden 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bosa E. Okoli
    • 1
  • C. M. Mgbeogu
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of Port-HarcourtPort-Harcourt

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