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Genus Mucuna Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae

Description: Woody climbers.

Leaves alternate, pinnately 3-foliolate, lateral leaflets asymmetric; stipules and stipellae present.

Inflorescences axillary racemes or panicles. Calyx with upper 2 teeth fused. Standard reflexed, much shorter than keel; keel longer than standard and wings. Stamens diadelphous; anthers alternately long and short. Ovary sessile, few-ovuled; style filiform.

Pod oblong, compressed, valves thick, covered with irritant hairs, sutures winged; seeds compressed, circular, without obvious aril.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: 120 species tropical & subtropical regions. Australia: 3 species (2 species native), Qld, N.S.W., N.T. W.A.

Text by C. Gardner
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Mucuna gigantea

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