Mucuna pruriens

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC.
  • Synonyms : Mucuna prurita (L.) Hook.
  • Common Name : Kaucha, Velvet Bean, Cowitch, Cowhage, Kapikachu
  • Plant Family : Papilionaceae
  • Plant Form : Climbers
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation

About Mucuna pruriens Plant :

  • Habit : A twiner.
  • Leaves : 3-foliate, silky, stipules lanceolate, leaflets rhomboid-ovate, oblique, mucronate.
  • Flowers : Flowers in 6-30 flowered racemes, bracts lanceolate, calyx campanulate, corolla purple, stamens 10.
  • Fruit : Pods turgid, curved like letter 'S' at both ends, covered with persistent irritant hairs, 5-6 seeded.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : August - December
  • Significance : Seeds used in native medicines as good tonic, aphrodisiac.