Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC.
var. utilis (Wight) Burck

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Mucuna pruriens var. utilis

Photo: Mark Hyde
Beans sold to Alex Hangartner at the Good Food Fair at the Harare Botanic Garden.

Mucuna pruriens var. utilis

Photo: Mark Hyde
Beans sold to Alex Hangartner at the Good Food Fair at the Harare Botanic Garden.

Mucuna pruriens var. utilis

Photo: Mark Hyde
Beans sold to Alex Hangartner at the Good Food Fair at the Harare Botanic Garden.

Mucuna pruriens var. utilis

Photo: Mark Hyde
Beans sold to Alex Hangartner at the Good Food Fair at the Harare Botanic Garden.

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Synonyms: Mucuna taborensis Schweinf. ex Piper nom. inval.
Mucuna utilis Wight
Common names: Velvet bean (English)
Description: Similar to var. pruriens but the pod is glabrous or bears fine velvety tomentum or non-irritant black woolly hairs and the seeds are somewhat larger, namely 12-19 × 10-13 × 4.5-6.5 mm.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: pruriens: from Latin, itching, referring to the irritant hairs on the pods of subsp. pruriens; utilis: from Latin meaning useful, referring to the variety's status as a crop.
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Worldwide distribution: Known only in cultivation.
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Content last updated: Sunday 19 May 2024
Literature:

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

Other sources of information about Mucuna pruriens var. utilis:

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Flora of Malawi: Mucuna pruriens var. utilis
Flora of Mozambique: Mucuna pruriens var. utilis
Flora of Zambia: Mucuna pruriens var. utilis
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Mucuna pruriens var. utilis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Mucuna pruriens var. utilis
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Mucuna pruriens var. utilis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Mucuna pruriens
African Plant Database: Mucuna pruriens
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Mucuna pruriens
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Mucuna pruriens
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Mucuna pruriens
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Mucuna pruriens
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Mucuna pruriens
JSTOR Plant Science: Mucuna pruriens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Mucuna pruriens
Plants of the World Online: Mucuna pruriens
Tropicos: Mucuna pruriens
Wikipedia: Mucuna pruriens


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Mucuna pruriens var. utilis.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/cult/species.php?species_id=131560, retrieved 12 July 2024

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