Luffa acutangula

  • T. K. Lim


Luffa is indigenous to the old world tropic, probably India, now naturalized throughout South and south-east Asia and cultivated elsewhere in the tropics and subtropics.


Oleanolic Acid Young Fruit Hepatoprotective Activity Cucurbitaceae Family Ridge Gourd 
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  • T. K. Lim
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  1. 1.ChisholmAustralia

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