Luffa acutangula
Scientific Name: Lu ffa acutangula
Family: Cucurbitaceae
English Name: Vegetable Sponge
Chamorro Name: Patola

Description: This is a rather coarse vine, bearing forked tendrils and heart-shaped, shallow-lobed leaves. The large yellow flowers grow from leaf axils; male flowers in racemes, female flowers solitary. The fruit is oblong with ten sharp, longitudinal angles.

F. Native to India and widely cultivated in Tropical Asia.

Comments:The young, green seed pods of this vine are sliced and cooked as a vegetable. The dried seed pods were once used as a fibrous sponge.