Loofah, Bitter gourd, Snake gourd, Chinese okra, Ribbed loofah (Eng.)
Luffa is a genus of tropical and subtropical vines in the cucumber family. Luffa acutangula is commercially grown for its unripe fruits as a vegetable or mature fruits used as natural cleaning sponges. Its fruit slightly resembles a cucumber or zucchini with ridges. It ranges from central and eastern Asia to southeastern Asia. It is also grown as a houseplant in places with colder climates.