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 
  

This straggling plant was shot from near Tinuni where this was in abundance,
flowers deep purple, in dense, pendulous clusters.. fruits very densely hairy (though could not capture)..
Wanted to be sure if this is Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC.  Please suggest..


Please also check with Mucuna nigricans.


Thanks … for this suggestion.. will try to explore further…


I checked my images of Mucuna pruriens and the flowers were in looser clusters than these.


Thanks … for further confirming, may I request to share your pics of M. pruriens

Now I am inclined to place my plant as M. nigricans as suggested by … 


After … shared his images, I am convinced that this plant is not Mucuna pruriens… rather this is Mucuna nigricans… 


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
The species in consideration here is clearly M.nigricans.


 

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Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight :: Mucuna nigricans:: Chakrata :: NS OCT 94/94 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)

This climber with huge bunch of attractive flowers was recorded from Chakrata area…
Id was suggested as Mucuna nigricans by …


Big beautiful flowers with signature shades of Mucuna, and large flower cluster. Wonderful sight … 


very nice. was this growing wild? climbing on what ??


Yes, this was seen wild.. cannot precisely say which tree or shrub was used as a support and this seems to have no particular choice..!!


 
 

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