Multiplying Luffa

Somchit Pruangwitayakun in front of Luffa acutangula accessions.

Female flowers of Luffa cylindrica.

Pollination bags are used with orange labels for cross pollination and white labels for selfing of Luffa acutangula.

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Somchit Pruangwitayakun at WorldVeg East and Southeast Asia has been multiplying seed of Luffa acutangula and Luffa cylindrica for the WorldVeg genebank and the Luffa breeding program at the Research and Training Station fields in Kamphaeng Saen, Thailand.

Sowing: 25 May 2018
Transplanting: 4 June 2018
Field visit: 16 July 2018

Photos: Maarten van Zonneveld

Sib mating demonstrated with bitter gourd (Momordica charantia).

Male flower with stamens (left) and female flower with stigma of Luffa acutangula.