Cucumber is a trailing or climbing annual herb. The stem bears elongated, thick, cylindrical fruits of varying sizes and forms.

The shoot and leaves contain a 14a-methyl D-phytosterol. The seeds possess cooling, tonic and diuretic properties. Cucumber pulp yields shikimate dehydrogenase, which is used in sunscreen lotion.

It is also known as Trapusha and Sukasa.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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