Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp. (Syn: Dolichos biflorus L.Dolichos catjang Burm.f.; Dolichos catjang L.; Dolichos hastifolius Schnizl.; Dolichos lubia Forssk.; Dolichos melanophtalmus DC.; Dolichos melanophthalamus DC.; Dolichos monachalis Brot.; Dolichos obliquifolius Schnizl.; Dolichos sinensis Forssk.; Dolichos sphaerospermus (L.) DC.; Dolichos tranquebaricus Jacq.; Dolichos unguiculata L.; Dolichos unguiculatus L.; Liebrechtsia scabra De Wild.; Phaseolus sphaerospermus L.; Phaseolus unguiculatus (L.) Piper; Vigna brachycalyx Baker f.; Vigna catjang (Burm.f.) Walp.; Vigna catjang Savi; Vigna catjiang (Burm.f.) Walp. [Spelling variant]; Vigna scabra (De Wild.) T.Durand & H.Durand; Vigna scabrida Burtt Davy; Vigna sinensis (L.) Savi ex Hausskn.; Vigna sinensis (L.) Savi ex Hassk.; Vigna sinensis var. catiang sensu Chiov. ..; Vigna unguiculata subsp. dekindtiana “sensu Verdc., p.p.C” ..);
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As per efi thread:
If twiner longer than 2 m, pod longer than 30 cm it is V. unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis (L.) Verd­court
If erect or trailing shorter than 1 m, pod pendulous, 15-30 cm long….it is V. unguiculata subsp. unguiculata (V. sinensis (L.) Hassk.)
If erect or trailing shorter than 1 m, pod erect or spreading, shorter than 15 cm, it should be V. unguiculata subsp. cylindrica (L.) Verdc. (V. catiang (Burm.f.) Walp.)
Spreading annual with trifoliate leaves; leaflets up to 15 cm long, ovate-lanceolate; flowers white, greenish-yellow or purple, up to 3 cm long, on up to 12-flowered raceme on long peduncle; pod up to 30 cm long, cylindric, 

Vigna unguiculata subsp. unguiculata
Common name: Cow pea
Spreading annual with trifoliate leaves; leaflets up to 15 cm long, ovate-lanceolate; flowers white, greenish-yellow or purple, up to 3 cm long, on up to 12-flowered raceme on long peduncle; pod up to 30 cm long, cylindric,
Photographed from Dakpathar area.

very nice 

efloraofindia:”07112011MR1’’ Fabaceae-Faboideae (Papilionaceae) Week Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp Pune:  Date Sep 2011. Sharing pictures of Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp. of Leguminosae family from Pune.
Common names Black-eyed pea; Chawali in Marathi

No I am not growing it in my garden. It was growing on its own outside my house and the yellow eyes caught my attention



This plant similar to … plant at efi thread
taking cue from … thought, please validate the ID to Vigna unguiculata.
Place: cottage farm at Yeoor Hills (about 617 ft asl), Thane, Maharashtra
Time: Oct 22, 2011 at 7.44 am

Habit: herbaceous climber
Habitat: cultivated

Flower size: about 20 – 25 mm across
Fruit size: 10 – 12 cm long.

this is looks vigna unguiculata subsp. unguiculata to me

Agree with …, it is vigna unguiculata


Fabaceae-Faboideae (Papilionaceae) Week: Vigna-unguiculata from Dakpathar: Vigna-unguiculata from Dakpathar. Cultivated near a house

Great shots. Beautiful flower. I had read that Vigna species can have twisted keel petals.
All Vigna species (I don’t remember any other at least now) posted so far had a twisted keel. Thanks for showing this without a twisted keel. Interesting. I hope I am correct.
It is nice feeling to notice an exception…..

Sorry friends Correct name is Vigna unguiculata subsp. unguiculata

Nothing to be sorry about
When we don’t write the autonym, it means we are talking about the type species/variety.


Fabaceae (Faboideae) Week_ Vigna unguiculata subsp. unguiculata_ 111111PD03 Flora of Orissa: sending the photograph of Vigna unguiculata subsp. unguiculata from Ranpur

Name of the species: Vigna unguiculata subsp. unguiculata
Family: Papilionaceae
Place of collection: Ranpur, Nayagarh, Orissa
Habit: Climber
Habitat: Wild, road side hedges
Altitude: 200m above msl

These are perfect angles for Fabaceae flowers.
This can be an example to new members who has confusion regarding photography.


Date/Time-Sep 2011
Location-Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-Wild/Garden cannot say
Plant Habit-Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Climber
Height/Length- spreading on the ground
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-Green
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- lovely light blue flower with yellow dots like eyes
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds-Not seen

the leaves remind me of my vegetable garden 10 to 20 years ago…

it could be the yard long bean.. gujarati name … Chodi
marathi..dont know…

I think, Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp. of Leguminosae family.

Thank you so much … I was worried this pretty flower was not being identified

so this is chodi afterall… thought I had seen these leaves before…
… if this in your garden… make sure you dont handle the leaves… palms are not too affected, but face and arms get the tiny hair and the hair – tips (on leaves) have a very subtle milky sap…and there is a dermatological “farmers” allergic response in humans to the vigna allergen… and then cant digest the bean
I should know.. am afflicted and have treated a lot of similar hapless gardeners… wear thick long sleeves when you pick you chaodi or chalai/yardlong beans…

No it is not from my garden. I spotted it nearby my house.

i thought it was identified already… yard long beanchdi, cholai….Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp. of Leguminosae fam.


Hooghly sk-nov-02 – Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp. subsp. unguiculata : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (8)
This is 1-1.5 ft erect herb, with about 15cm or more long legumes. Can’t give exact length for the space was guarded by fence. In fact a few pods looked like about 1 ft long. Followed the KEY in efi thread

Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.
at Yeoor Hills on October 22, 2011
at Prabalgad on July 8, 2012 

nice vegetable. and beans later on



Fabaceae (Faboideae)Fortnight ::Vigna unguiculata. ::Mizoram::PKA-OCT-37: : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Vigna unguiculatafrom Mizoram.



Vegetable Beans for ID : Mumbai : 011012 : AK-2:
A common bean seen
at Maharashtra Nature Park,Mumbai on 12/8/12.
Last picture taken in Pune on 31/5/07.

The beans are used as a vegetable.
Length of bean around 5 inches.
White flowers seen.

Its probably vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis

As the length of the bean is 5 inches as per Aarti ji, it should be Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp. as per images herein.

Wild plant ID request – RK68 – 25-Dec-2012:
Request identification of this wild plant with white flowers and trifoliate leaves from Tungareshwer.

Any Spp. of Vigna
I think (V. unguiculata or V. vexillata) please identify carefully.

I just searched the species you mentioned on the internet and maybe it is Vigna unguiculata since the leaves of Vigna vexillata are quite slim in the pictures on the net. But hopefully some other experienced
members would comment on this.

ID request- 170811-PKA1:
Seen this climber with slender, pubescent stem at Ahivant gad.
Date/Time: 14-08-2011 / 02:00PM
Location: Ahivant gad, Nashik- Wani region.
Altitude: Approx: 4000 ft
Plant Habit: Climber
Habitat: Wild
Leaves: 3 foliolate,
Flowers in pairs,
Family: Fabaceae

Looks like some species of Vigna … but not sure

I think this is Vigna vexillata (L.) A.Rich.

The wing petals and the shape of the leaves may not suggest that this as V.vexillata.
In Vigna generally the wing petals are shorter than the standard petals and the keel petals beaked (which is not visible in the picture).

I think it is Mucuna pruriens (L.)DC- it is extensive climber leaflets 3 ovate-triangular rhomboid-ovate apex subacute, base cuneate or inquilateral, flowers purple-mauve.
It is commomly known as Kavach or Khaj-kuilee belonging to Fabaceae

The standard petals and the floral arrangement don’t support for M. pruruens as well.

Mucuna pruriens always has dark purple calyx whereas the calyx seen in the picture are green. Another reason why the plant is not M. pruriens

any chances of Dunbaria???

I think fruits are needed to assign this plant to it specific name. it looks more like Vigna.

I find it closer to images at Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.

Vigna species.. A fruit would be of help for I’d…
I will get back after some research

It could be Vigna unguiculata. please confirm it.

I went through my images of Vigna ungiculata ..the images here resembles to that. hence i can comfortably say it is Vigna unguculata; however there are few varieties in V. unguiculata as well.

Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight: Indonesia 6 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Is it Vigna unguiculata?  

Images of … at Vigna unguiculata

To my eyes it looks similar. 

I think id is possible, how about var. sesquipedalis?

Thank you very much. We also have the smaller pods with darker green. But I don’t have the pictures.

…, key to subspecies can be accessed at

To me appears closer to Vigna unguiculata as per keys and details herein.

Yes , vegetable!

cholai or yardlong bean

Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp. : 2 posts by 1 author. Attachments (5)- around 1 mb each.

Location: Gyaneswor, Kathmandu
Date: 02 August 2019
Elevation: 1300 m.
Habitat : Cultivated

Nepali Name : बोडी  Boodee


Goa, August 2021 :: Fabaceae for ID :: ARK2021-129: 1 image.

This was clicked near Varca, South Goa in August 2021.
This is the sole pic I have.
Is it possible to ID even to a genus level?

Pl. try Vigna or something similar.

Vigna unguiculata,


Vigna unguiculata or Vigna vexillata or ?: 4 images.

On October 5th 2022, I saw this Vigna species on Mhatoba hill, Kothrud, Pune.
Please help me in identifying it , I doubt its V. vexillata (Halunda), but the flower keel is not curved. Please help me identify.
Habit: Tekadi top, in open land amid of different grasses, on the edge of footpath way. (unfortunately don’t have photo of Habit).

Vigna vexillata (L.) A.Rich.

I think it is
Other species look different


Identification needed for this plant? ?: 2 images.

Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp. !