Momordica charantia L. 

Family : Cucurbitaceae

Local name : Tita-kerela (As.)

Climber with simple tendrils; leaves orbicular, deeply 5 - 7-lobed, thin; lobes narrowed to the base; flowers monoecious, yellow, solitary; fruits fusiform, 8 - 10-ribbed, tuberculate, seeds brownish, compressed, pulp red.

Distribution : Usually cultivated, occasionally found as an escape.

Uses :  Leaves used in souse; fruit used in diabetes, hypercholesterolemia and as vermifuse.


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A Database of Medicinal Plants of Assam