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Fluted Pumpkin, Telfairia occidentalis: West African Vegetable Crop

'Bosa E. Okoli and C. M. Mgbeogu
Economic Botany
Vol. 37, No. 2 (Apr. - Jun., 1983), pp. 145-149
Published by: Springer on behalf of New York Botanical Garden Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4254473
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Fluted Pumpkin, Telfairia occidentalis: West African Vegetable Crop
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Abstract

Fluted pumpkin, Telfairia occidentalis, is native to West Africa but occurs mostly in its cultivated form in various parts of southern Nigeria. It is widely cultivated for its palatable and nutritious leaves which are used mainly as vegetable. The seeds are also nutritious and rich in an oil which may be used for cooking and soap manufacture. Its taxonomy, morphology and potential uses are discussed in relation to its economic importance as a tropical crop.

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