Japanese snake gourd/ Karasu-uri

カラスウリ/ Serpent Gourd
カラスウリ/ Serpent Gourd

学名/ Botanical name : Trichosanthes cucumeroides

シノニム/ Synonym : Trichosanthes pilosa, Anguina cucumeroides, Anguina dicoelosperma, Anguina hearnii,
Anguina himalensis, Anguina horsfieldii, Anguina ovigera,Anguina pilosa, Bryonia cucumeroides,
Platygonia himalensis, Platygonia kaempferi, Trichosanthes ascendens, Trichosanthes boninensis, Trichosanthes cavaleriei,Trichosanthes chinensis, Trichosanthes chingiana, Trichosanthes cucumeroides var. cavaleriei, Trichosanthes cucumeroides var. dicoelosperma, Trichosanthes cucumeroides var. formosana, Trichosanthes cucumeroides var. hainanensis, Trichosanthes cucumeroides var. stenocarpa, Trichosanthes dicoelosperma, Trichosanthes formosana, Trichosanthes hainanensis, Trichosanthes hearnii, Trichosanthes himalensis, Trichosanthes himalensis var. indivisa, Trichosanthes holtzei, Trichosanthes horsfieldii, Trichosanthes mafuluensis, Trichosanthes matsudae, Trichosanthes okamotoi, Trichosanthes ovigera, Trichosanthes ovigera var. sikkimensis, Trichosanthes pierrei, Trichosanthes rostrata, Trichosanthes trichocarpa, Trichosanthes vanoverberghii

英名/ English name : Japanese snake gourd

日本名/ Japanese name: カラスウリ 烏瓜、唐朱瓜

原産地/ Original : Japan, china


It is a tropical or semitropical vine bearing an red orange color edible fruit. This plant is very similar in its vegetative characters to the more widespread “snake gourd”, Trichosanthes cucumerina, the flower and leaves of the two species are very similar but the fruits of this plant are round to egg-shaped, about 7 cm long and not resembling a snake

Wikipedia English: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichosanthes_pilosa

Wikipedia 日本語:https://www.google.co.jp/#q=%E3%82%AB%E3%83%A9%E3%82%B9%E3%82%A6%E3%83%AA

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One thought on “Japanese snake gourd/ Karasu-uri

  1. Found in Osaka Castle gardens, it has 6 and not 5 petals. It’s obviously a Trichosanthes but what species ?

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