An important
document on all legume species growing in India is:
Sanjappa,
M. 1992. Legumes of India
, Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehradun.
As per this
document following species of Mucuna occur in India-
1-Mucuna atropurpurea,
2-M.bracteata,
3-M.gigantea,
4-M.imbricata,
5-M.macrocarpa,
6-M.monosperma,
7-M.nigricans,
8-M.pruriens
(var. pruriens, var. hirsuta, var. utilis),
9-M.sempervirens.

No species of Mucuna is threatened in India as Red Data Book of Indian Plants does not mention any species.  

Key to Mucuna species as provided by J.F.Duthie in Flora of the Upper Gangetic Plains (1929) and modified as per Sanjappa (1992) :

A. Woody climbers, with faces of pods obliquely plaited

     B. Sutures of pods winged ………………………………………………………………………………Mucuna nigricans
     B’. Sutures of pods not winged ………………………………………………………………………..Mucuna atropurpurea
A’. Annuals, with valves of pods not obliquely plaited
     C. Flowers in racemes, pods densely bristly ……………………………………………………..Mucuna pruriens var. pruriens
     C’. Flowers in corymbs; pods much longer, clothed with short deciduous bristles….. Mucuna pruriens var utilis


 
 

Binomial Habit Notes References Distribution Common name
Mucuna
atropurpurea
DC.
Climber Western Ghats
& Eastern Ghats, Dry Evergreen to Dry Deciduous Forests
Flora of Tamil
Nadu, VOL. I, 1983
Coimbatore,
Dindigul, Kanniyakumari, Madurai, Nilgiri, 
Salem, Theni,  Tirunelveli,
Virudhunagar, Tiruvannamalai
Thalar kodi
Mucuna gigantea (Willd.) DC. Climber Plains
and Dry Evergreen to Dry Deciduous Forests 
Flora
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983
Coimbatore,
Nagapattinam
Kaalkai
valli
Mucuna monosperma DC. ex Wight Climber Dry
Evergreen to Dry Deciduous Forests
Flora
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983
Coimbatore,
Theni, Tiruchchirappalli, Tiruvannamalai
Periyattalargai,
Thezh kodi
Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC. var. hirsuta (Wight & Arn.) Wilmot –
Dear
Climber Dry
Evergreen to Dry Deciduous Forests
Flora
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983
Coimbatore,
Dindigul, Dharmapuri, Nilgiri, Salem, Tiruchchirappalli
 
Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC. var. pruriens Climber Dry
Evergreen to Dry Deciduous Forests
Flora
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983
All
districts
Poonaikaali

 

 
 

Botanical name Synonyms Family Common name








Mucuna monosperma Stizolobium rugosum Fabaceae Negro Bean
Mucuna pruriens Fabaceae Velvet Bean

 
 
 
 
Forest Plants of Eastern India By Amal Bhusan Chaudhuri (1993)- Brief details with Keys-
 
Medicinal Plants in Andhra Pradesh, India By T. Pullaiah (2002)- Details-
 
 
Flora of Davanagere District, Karnataka, India By B. K. Manjunatha, V. Krishna, T. Pullaiah (2004)- Details-

 
The Indian Encyclopaedia: Meya-National Congress edited by Subodh Kapoor (2002)- Brief details-

 
Mucuna  1 post by 1 author.

I have updated eFI (efloraofindia) page on Mucuna

Attempts have been made to incorporate most of the species available in India & nearby areas with details & keys directly or through links as far as possible. It’s quite possible that there may be some discrepancy in the accepted names & synonyms taken from other links.

Species discussed so far in efloraofindia are given at the bottom of the page in the form of links against Subpages. On clicking them one can see all the details.

Any comments/ corrections are welcome.


I have added the list of all species of Mucuna known in India vide Sanjappa (1992)


 

Pl. go through Mucuna page with images of species (done by Surajit ji) in efloraofindia.

If you find any mis-identification, pl. let us know.

If anybody can send images of other species of this genera (for incorporation in the website), if any, it will be really nice. Also, if anybody is interested to take up the activity of inserting images on efloraofindia pages from efloraofindia posts, pl. let me know.


Sir. the flower of Mucuna monosperma it looks like different. please check, i will send photo of M.monosperma. Attachments (1)


Thanks, …,  If so, then what can be this species ?
Also pl. see so many threads on Mucuna monosperma showing similar flowers


 
 

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