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Indrayan, Bitter Snake Gourd
A large, tendriled, woody vine in the pumpkin family to 20 m tall with slender shoots, lobed leaves and white flowers with frilliy edges, followed by round, bright red fruits that hold seeds coated in a slimy black mucus. Trichosanthes tricuspidata is widespread in forests from the Himalayas to China, Indochina and Malesia to 900 m or higher. It is used medicinally.