The name bottle gourd is especially appropriate because this plant species is one of the few from which useful and lasting containers can be made.
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The “bottle gourd” is a utilitarian domesticated cucurbit and used as a container, it straddles across many African cultures. Believe it or not, the bottle gourd is a traditional item of all people in the world. A myriad of shapes are maintained by the various cultures of the world – long elongated, club, spherical, cylindrical, necked,
etc. All these belong to one species known in botanical terms as Lagenaria siceraria! The vast variation in morphology is considered to be as a result of human intervention over countless years of symbiotic relationship between this remarkable plant and people.
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