Telakucha, Ivy gourd, coccinia grandis

Telakucha or Ivy gourd (coccinia grandis, family: cucurbitaceae) is a perennial creeper with soft stem and fleshy leaves. It is found in different parts of Africa, Asia and Australia. 


Common names: Telakucha, Ivy gourd, Scarlet gourd.



The creeper is propagated by cutting.


Flowers are pure white, funnel-shaped, sepals 5, petals 5. A blooming flower is 5 cm across. Flower blooms mostly in summer to rainy season.  


Telakucha vine's flower, almost looks like Bottle gourd flower.


Little gourd or Telakucha vine usually seen on ground as a trailer but with its tendril it can climb up high of a tree or a pole.


Fruit is green when raw and crimson when ripe.


Fruits look like almost Bottle gourd but much smaller in size. The green fruits also resemble Pointed gourd at a glance.



                                         Fruits are very attractive but inedible for human.


Leaves are dark green, glaucous, glabrous, petioled and crisped; 8-10 cm long and 3-8 cm wide. Single leaf is usually associated with five lobes, but sometimes it can be multi-angled or heart-shaped.


Coccinia grandis is a famous medicinal plant in Indian subcontinent. It is used in cold, fever, plethora, asthma, nausea, diabetes and tastelessness. In Bangladesh it leaves are used as vegetable.