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Mucuna biplicata Teijsm. & Binnend. ex Kurz

Mucuna biplicata Teijsm. & Binnend. ex Kurz

Family

Leguminosae

Synonyms

None

Vernacular Names

Malaysia merading (Bidayuh, Sarawak), akar beruru (Iban, Sarawak), kachang paleh (Peninsular Malaysia)

Geographical Distributions

This plant can be found in Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.

Description

This is a liana that up to 20 m long and smooth. Leaves are 20-25(-40) cm long with leaflet terminal is broadly elliptical, 10-12(-18) cm x 5-7(-11) cm. The inflorescence is 5-9 cm long, with several branches at or near the base and bearing 4-40 side-branches. The sepal is 5-6 mm x 8-10 mm with the violet to purple petal that is about 2.5 cm long. Wings and keel are 4-5 cm long. The fruit is broadly oblong with a size of 7-10 cm x 2.5-5 cm x 1-2 cm but not swollen around the seeds, with abundant irritant bristles and 3-5-seeded.

Ecology / Cultivation

M. biplicata is found in relatively open or disturbed forest from sea-level up to 70 m altitude. (1)

Line Drawing / Photograph

BOT00120

References

 

  1. View Abstract: R.H.M.J. Lemmens and N. Bunyapraphatsara (Editors). Plant Resources of South-East Asia No.12(3): Medicinal and poisonous plants 3. 2003.