Luffa (Luffa cylindrica) is a1-2 ft long, cylindrical, smooth skinned gourd. The interior contains white flesh as well as a fibrous structure that is dried and used as a sponge. Its fruits can be eaten, but the vine is most commonly grown for the fibrous interior of the fruits, which when dried, can be used as a sponge.
Luffa is also known as Loofah, Dishcloth Gourd, Vegetable Sponge Gourd
also refers to , one of the vegetables eaten in the Philippines
Luffa is pronounced "Loofah"