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Momordica charantia

Cucurbitaceae (pumpkin, or gourd family) » Momordica charantia

 

mo-MOR-di-ka -- from the word to bite, reference to the seeds which look bitten

char-AN-tee-a -- a pre-Linnean name, used as the specific epithet of Momordica charantia

 

commonly known as: balsam pear, bitter gourd • Assamese: কেৰেলা karela • Bengali: করলা karala • Gujarati: કારેલું karelu • Hindi: करेला karela, कठिल्ल kathilla, परारु poraru • Kannada: ಹಾಗಲಕಾಯಿ haagalakaayi • Kashmiri: करेल् karel • Konkani: काराते kaaraate • Lushai: chang-kha • Malayalam: കയ്‌പ്പ kayppa, പാവയ്ക്ക pavaykka • Manipuri: কারোন অখাবী karon akhabi • Marathi: आंबलें ambalem, कारली karali, कारेती kareti • Mizo: changkha • Nepalese: अमला amala, करेलो karelo • Oriya: changkha • Punjabi: ਕਰੇਲਾ karela • Sanskrit: कारवेल्लकः kaarvellakah, कटिल्लः kathillah, परारु paraaru, सुषवी sushavi, ऊर्ध्वासितः urdhvaasitah • Sindhi: ڪَريلو karelo • Tamil: இராசவள்ளி iraca-valli, பாகற்காய் pagakkai • Telugu: కాకర kakara • Tibetan: su sa ba • Tulu: ಕಂಚಲ kanchala • Urdu: کريلا karela

 

Native to: tropics of Africa and Asia; naturalized and cultivated elsewhere

 

 

References: Flowers of IndiaWikipediaNPGS / GRINENVIS - FRLHTDDSA

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Taken on September 25, 2010