Mucuna pruriens var. utilis (Wall. ex Wight) L.H.Bailey (syn: Carpopogon capitatum Roxb.; Carpopogon capitatus Roxb.; Carpopogon niveum Roxb.; Macranthus cochinchinensis Lour.; Mucuna aterrima (Piper & Tracy) Holland; Mucuna atrocarpa F.P.Metcalf; Mucuna capitata Wight & Arn.; Mucuna deeringiana (Bort) Merr.; Mucuna hassjoo (Piper & Tracy)Mansf.; Mucuna martinii H.Lev. & Vaniot; Mucuna nivea (Roxb.) Wight & Arn. (ambiguous synonym); Mucuna pruriens var. capitata (Wight & Arn.)Burck (ambiguous synonym); Mucuna pruriens var. capitata Burck (ambiguous synonym); Mucuna pruriens var. nivea (Roxb.) Haines; Mucuna utilis Wight; Stizolobium aterrimum Piper & Tracy; Stizolobium deeringianum Bort; Stizolobium hassjoo Piper & Tracy ; Stizolobium pruriens (L.)Medik.; Stizolobium pruriens var. hassjoo (Piper & Tracy) Makino; Stizolobium utile (Wall. ex Wight) Ditmer);
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Bengal bean, Bengal velvet bean, cow itch, cowage velvet bean, cow-itch, cowitch, Florida velvet bean, horse eye bean, lacuna bean, Lyon bean, Mauritius velvet bean, mucuna, pica-pica, velvet bean, velvetbean, Yokohama velvet bean as per Lucid central;


Beans for ID : Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, Bangalore : 20JAN20 : AK-25 : 14 posts by 5 authors. 2 correct images as above.
Beans seen in the Vegetable Section of the Flower Exhibition at Lalbagh today.

Canavalia sp,

Canavalia Species or Sword Beans as they are known, are known to me.

I think this was something else and new to me.
Looks close to images of Fave Beans, Broad Beans or Edamame Beans.
Not sure which one.

I could be wrong.
Some of the Canavalia Species are looking similar.

Looks different from images at Canavalia

Soya beans

1st and 3 rd one are Mucuna pruriens var utilis, cultivate mucuna strain of IIHR, bangalore. in this green and purple pods are available, which will give white and black seeds respectively.
The white flowered one is a edible Dolichos lablab : first type. (here also 2 types are there 1. whole fruit is edible as vegetable. 2. only matured seeds edible.)

Thanks … All the pictures taken are of the same plant.

Please observe carefully, You can clearly distinguish Mucuna and Dolichos.

Thanks … It could be possible that two plants were growing in the same pot. I’m not so sure.

I checked up and I think … is right.

Ok, I will check. 


ID OF MYSTERY BEAN :  Attachments (4).  6 posts by 5 authors.
Could the learned members of the group help identify this vegetable grown in a kitchen garden in Chandigarh?
These were apparently grown from bean seeds.

I Hope Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC.
Common names: Cow-itch, gugli, velvet bean efi link

Yes it is Mucuna pruriens

The pods should have orange or brown bristly hairs in the typical variety of Mucuna pruriens.

So, this may be M. pruriens var. utilis (= M. cochinchinensis), a cultivated one.



Climber id_BD_sm_605 : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
Habitat :Wild
Location : Saint Martin’s Island, Bangladesh
Photo taken : Jan, 2018

Mucuna pruriens ?

Thanks, …  However, pods look different at /species/a—l/f/fabaceae/mucuna/mucuna-pruriens

What are the species of Mucuna found in the posted area ? 

Different stages of fruitong ? url ???

On rechecking, may be Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC. as suggested by …
But I am not sure.

I think it may be Mucuna pruriens var. utilis as per images and details herein. 


MS/ID/DEC/2021/1- ID of the plant -Fabaceae member
The photograph received from a vegetable vendor here. Un I D plant.  Please ID.

Vicia faba L.

The pods and elongated racemose infructescence remind me of Mucuna, may be M. pruriens young pods. More pictures could help.

I guess you are right

I think Mucuna pruriens var. utilis as per images and details herein. 

For ID – 7-10-2022 DS#3: 2 images.
is this Canavalia? First time I am seeing white flowers..

Pl. check

Where and when were these images clicked?
It may be Mucuna pruriens var. utilis as per


The pictures are from a vegetable garden in northwest Ahmedabad. The lady got seeds online and from a recent trip to Dang forests of south Gujarat.