Thursday, September 9, 2010

කෝවක්කා[Kowakka]/Ivy gourd(Coccinia grandis)

A common perennial climber grows in woodlands, forest borders and open areas from sea level to about 800m in low country, especially in dry zone. Indigenous and flowering from June to September. Leaves edible and both fruit and leaves are used in snake-bite treatments. 


  1. This plant is abundant in Kurunegala area. Yes, a delicious "mellun" can be made with the leaves,and the ripe fruit is edible too,though not very palatable. Some people here say the fruit has a good effect on diabetes.

  2. Amila
    Thnaks for valuable info (Y)