Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC.
var. pruriens

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Mucuna pruriens var. pruriens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River below Bunga Ranger Camp, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Mucuna pruriens var. pruriens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River below Bunga Ranger Camp, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Mucuna pruriens var. pruriens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River below Bunga Ranger Camp, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Mucuna pruriens var. pruriens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River below Bunga Ranger Camp, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Mucuna pruriens var. pruriens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River below Bunga Ranger Camp, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Mucuna pruriens var. pruriens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River below Bunga Ranger Camp, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Dolichos pruriens L.
Stizolobium pruriens (L.) Medik.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Notes: Similar to the well known Buffalo Bean, Mucuna coriacea subsp. irritans. It can be distinguished by generally thinner leaves, longer, pendulous inflorescences, often paler flowers, particularly on the standard and keel, whitish hairs on the stems and calyx and hairless wings on the flowers. The pods do have irritant hairs like Buffalo Bean but generally less vigorously so.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In woodland but mainly along rivers, lake shores and margins of pans, also at the edges of cultivated ground.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1140 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius, Asia and also in tropical America.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Antheua simplex (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Thursday 23 April 2015
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 40 - 41. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 224.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 19 - 20.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 50.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 62. as Mucuna pruriens


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African Plant Database: Mucuna pruriens
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Mucuna pruriens
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Mucuna pruriens
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Mucuna pruriens
Ispot Southern Africa : Mucuna pruriens
JSTOR Plant Science: Mucuna pruriens
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Mucuna pruriens
Tropicos: Mucuna pruriens
West African Plants database: Mucuna pruriens


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Mucuna pruriens var. pruriens.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=131550, retrieved 29 May 2016

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