3877.000 Mucuna Adans. - Buffalo beans

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001) Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 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

Zambia: 8 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
coriacea Baker subsp. coriacea EE
coriacea Baker subsp. irritans (Burtt Davy) Verdc.Description, Image
glabrialata (Hauman) Verdc. N,W,C,E,SCb,C,Lk
poggei Taub. var. pesa (De Wild.) Verdc.NMcDescription, Image
poggei Taub. var. poggei N,WNw,NImage
pruriens (L.) DC. var. pruriens B,N,C,SNw,N,Lk,SImage
pruriens (L.) DC. var. utilis (Wight) BurckE,S
stans Welw. ex BakerN,W,CNw,Lp,Mc,C

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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Mucuna
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Mucuna

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Mucuna.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=766, retrieved 18 August 2022

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