Momordica L.

Common Names

Balsam pear, Bitter cucumber, Bitter gourd, Bitter melon, Foo gwa, Karela, La-kwa


Green, oblong, warty skin, 1-8 inches long, red arils, fibrous, seeds.


China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan


Host for fuit flies (including Anastrepha suspensa, Bactrocera spp., Dacus spp.), scale, and moths (Pyralidae).

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