Japanese Snake Gourd

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Cucurbitales Cucurbitaceae Trichosanthes Trichosanthes cucumerina
  • Plant Type: Perennial vine.
  • Common Names: Japanese Snake Gourd, Serpent Gourd.
  • Color: White
  • Flower Dimensions: 1.97 inches in diameter.
  • Flowering Season: Summer to early fall (July to September).
  • Places in Japan with Japanese Snake Gourd: Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu.

Japanese Snake Gourd

Trichosanthes is a perennial vine native to Japan. These thread-like flowers are aromatic and bloom from summer to early fall.

Japanese Snake Gourd Flower

  • The blooming of the single Japanese Snake Gourd flower is during the evening until early morning. The female flowers are pollinated by the hummingbird.
  • The leaves of Trichosanthes cucumerina are similar to the Morning Glory. The plant’s leaves possess a sharp shape with surface hairs.
  • The Trichosanthes cucumerina tangled with other plants or trees.
  • The Japanese Snake Gourd’s fruits, shoots, and leaves are edible. These flowers signify good tidings.

Trichosanthes Cucumerina

Interesting Fact about Japanese Snake Gourd

  • A study[1] shows that the antioxidant from snake gourd strengthens the respiratory process and helps relieve asthma.
  • The Japanese Snake Gourd[2] is known to alleviate stomach, liver, skin, and many diseases. In addition, research[3] indicates that it gives humans high nutritional and functional benefits.
  • The name of the fruit is derived from snake gourd because it is coiled with light stripes. The fruits[4] look like several snakes that hang from their vine.
  • In Africa, the Japanese snake gourd is also called snake tomato. The locals consumed the mature fruit’s red pulp as a substitute for tomato.
  • In China, the peptides in the plant showed an abortifacient[5] property. The new abortifacient protein was β-Trichosanthin. A study[6] showed that its induction of mid-term labor in mice is twice as potent as trichosanthin.
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Key References
  • [1]“Snake Gourd & Seeds: Health Benefits, Nutrition, Uses and Side Effects”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.
  • [2]“Snake Gourd: Health Benefits, Nutrition, Uses For Skin And Hair, Recipes, Side Effects”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.
  • [3]“Manually Fix”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.
  • [4]“Snake Gourd Growing Guide: What It Is and Why You Should Plant It”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.
  • [5]“Trichosanthes cucumerina anguina – Useful Tropical Plants”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.
  • [6]“Manually Fix”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.

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