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Gac Fruit Vine (Momordica cochinchinensis) 木鳖, 土木鳖, 木鳖瓜,

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1 year ago by 1floristngifts

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Comes in a pot measuring 26cm in diameter. Plant Morphology : Growth Form: A dioecious climber with tendrils and can grow up to 3 m tall. Foliage: Leaves are 3 – 5 lobed with toothed margin. 2 (or 4) glands are present on the petiole. Leaves emit an odour when crushed. Flowers: Male and female flower are borne on different individuals of the plant. Flower bud is hidden inside a bag –like appendage that, as time passes, splits into two to reveal the bud within. Each flower has 5 pale yellow petals with a black spot in the middle of the flower. Female flower, after being pollinated by male flower, will produce fruit. Fruits: Fruit is round or oblong (about 15 – 20 cm long), turning from green to yellow to dark orange when matured. Numerous small spines are present on the fruit surface. Pulp inside the fruit is reddish orange. Etymology : Genus epithet 'Momordica’ means "to bite", referring to the etched, bitten appearance of seeds produced by plants of this genus. Species epithet 'cochinchinensis' refers to Cochinchina, an old name for Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia, one of the places where this plant is naturally distributed. Ethnobotanical Uses : Edible Plant Parts (Edible Leaves; Edible Stems; Edible Fruits) Food (Fruit & Vegetable: The red pulp is used as red colourant and flavour to make ‘xoi gac’, a traditional rice dish commonly served during weddings and celebrations in Vietnam. Pulp has a nutty after taste and temporarily dyes lips and tongue bright orange. Young leaves and shoot can also be eaten when cooked. ; Herb & Spice) Edible Plant Parts (Edible Leaves; Edible Stems; Edible Fruits), Medicinal (Fruit and seed are used in folk medicine to treat a variety of illnesses. ) https://florafaunaweb.nparks.gov.sg/Special-Pages/plant-detail.aspx?id=3441

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Self-collect: Mountbatten MRT (contact by mobile 9127 2494) New plant stocks every Thursday. Visit us @ BLK 17 Old Airport Road #01-76, S (397972)

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Purchases below $200 - $20 delivery fee. Above $200, free delivery! Self-collect: Mountbatten MRT (contact by mobile 9127 2494) New plant stocks every Thursday. Visit us @ BLK 17 Old Airport Road #01-76, S (397972)

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