3877.000 Mucuna Adans. - Buffalo beans

MacKinder, B. et al. (2001) Papilionoideae FZ 3(5)

Description of the genus

Climbers or lianes. Leaves pinnately 3-foliolate. Inflorescences axillary. Flowers showy, ranging from white to purple, red to almost black or greenish-yellow. Calyx 4-5-lobed, the upper 2 lobes forming a lip Standard rounded, much shorter than the other petals. 5 larger anthers alternate with 5 short ones. Pods covered with irritant hairs (apart from some cultivated varieties of Mucuna pruriens), usually dehiscent.

Worldwide: c. 100 species in the tropics and subtropics

Zimbabwe: 6 taxa.

Mucuna coriacea subsp. irritans

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SpeciesLinks to mapsFZ divisionsContent
coriacea Baker subsp. coriacea E
coriacea Baker subsp. irritans (Burtt Davy) Verdc.N,C,E,SDescription, Image
ferox Verdc.EDescription
poggei Taub. var. pesa (De Wild.) Verdc.EDescription, Image
pruriens (L.) DC. var. pruriens N,E
pruriens (L.) DC. var. utilis (Wight) BurckC

Other sources of information about Mucuna:

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Flora of Mozambique: Mucuna
Flora of Zambia: Mucuna

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Mucuna
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Mucuna
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Mucuna
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Mucuna
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Mucuna

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Mucuna.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=766, retrieved 2 August 2014

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