Common name: Burny Bean
Mucuna gigantea (Willd.) DC. APNI*
Description: Tall climber, usually high in trees; young stems hirsute, becoming glabrous.
Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets ovate to lanceolate, 7.5–16 cm long, 2–9 cm wide, margins entire, glabrous; petiole 1–11 cm long; petiolules 0.2–1.5 cm long; stipules 1–5 mm long, caducous.
Flowers in loose racemes; peduncle to c. 30 cm long. Calyx c. 15 mm long, ± hirsute. Corolla pale green, 3–5 cm long; keel inflexed.
Pod 6–15 cm long, 3–5 cm wide, black, glabrescent, wings c. 8 mm wide; seeds 2–6, c. 22 mm diam., black.
Flowering: spring to early summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in coastal rainforest north from Bundagen, sometimes cultivated.
NSW subdivisions: NC, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld N.T.
Text by C. Gardner
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