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Vigna vexillata (Wild sweatpea)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Fabales > Family: Fabaceae > Subfamily: Papilionoideae > Genus: Vigna

Vigna vexillata (Wild sweatpea)

Vigna vexillata var. angustifolia, entrance of Sheba Forestry Estate, Zimbabwe. [photo Bart Wursten , Flora of Zimbabwe]

Vigna vexillata (Wild sweatpea)

Vigna vexillata var. vexillata, road north of Troutbeck by Cheshire Cottage, Zimbabwe. [photo Bart Wursten , Flora of Zimbabwe]

Vigna vexillata (Wild sweatpea)
Vigna vexillata (Wild sweatpea)

Vigna vexillata var. angustifolia, Cascades road near plateau above Morumbodzi Falls, lower slopes of Mount Gorongosa, Mozambique. [photos Bart Wursten , Flora of Mozambique]

This species is native to Africa and is evidently cultivated on a small scale in some areas of southern Africa for eating of the beans and seeds. The roots are also edible.

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Publications

  • van Wyk, B.-E. & Gericke, N. 2000. People's Plants. A Guide to Useful Plants of Southern Africa. Briza Publications, Pretoria.  

 

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