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Trichosanthes dioica Roxb.
Sanskrit- Patola; Bengali – Patal; Hindi – Parvar; English – Wild snake gourd.
It is a climber and found wild in the plains of North India from Punjab to Assam; it is also extensively cultivated all over the warmer region of India, particularly in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Assam for its fruit.
The fruits are used as a vegetable is particularly useful for convalescents, as they are laxative and easily digestible. Fruits also show some prospect in control of cancer-like conditions. Extracts of seeds show hemagglutinating activity.
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