Vigna luteola

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Name and publication

Vigna luteola (Jacq.) Benth., C. F. P. Martius, Fl. bras. 15(1): 194 (1859).

Description

Fruits of the Dalrymple vigna are sold in the potpourri trade as “chow beans.” These lugumes are varying shades of brown, and often with fine, reticulated veining on the exterior, varying shades of beige on the interior, 6-8 cm long x 1.5-2.5 cm wide.

Nativity and distribution

Vigna luteola is native throughout the tropics and subtropics but cultivated worldwide as animal forage.

Family

Fabaceae (alt. Leguminosae), also placed in Papalionaceae

Synonymy

Dolichos luteolus Jacq.