Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC.
var. pruriens

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Mucuna pruriens var. pruriens

Apr 2008
Photo: Mike Bingham

Mucuna pruriens var. pruriens

Apr 2008
Photo: Mike Bingham

Mucuna pruriens var. pruriens

Apr 2008
Photo: Mike Bingham

Mucuna pruriens var. pruriens

Mar 2008
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Dolichos pruriens L.
Stizolobium pruriens (L.) Medik.
Common names:
Status: Native
Type location:
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: Up to 1140 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius, Asia and also in tropical America.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,Lk,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Antheua simplex (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Wednesday 3 May 2017

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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Flora of Malawi: Mucuna pruriens var. pruriens
Flora of Mozambique: Mucuna pruriens var. pruriens
Flora of Zimbabwe: Mucuna pruriens var. pruriens

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Mucuna pruriens
African Plant Database: Mucuna pruriens
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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: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Mucuna pruriens var. pruriens., retrieved 2 October 2023

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