Link to enlarge vase K7784 &#copy; Justin Kerr Charles Zidar

Family:  Cucurbitaceae
Genus:  Momordica
Species:  charantia
Authority:  L.
Common Name:  sorosi, condiamor
Maya Name:  balsam pear, sorosee
Maya Plant Use:  Medicine, food, animal forage, ornamental uses and poison
Botanical Significance:  Many members of the Cucurbitaceae family were of great importance to the ancient Maya and thus frequently depicted in Maya art. The specific uses of this plant are varied. Intestinal parasites, skin problems, anemia, diabetes, sore throat and mouth sores are among the many uses of this plant (Arvigo and Balick, 1998).
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Additional views of the plant species, click on a photo below to view larger image.

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