Canavalia cathartica Thouars

 
  • Family : FABACEAE
    (PEA or BEAN FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Leguminosae
  • Subfamily : Faboideae
  • Synonym(s) : Dolichos virosus "Roxb., p.p."; Dolichos virosus Roxb., p.p.; Canavalia stocksii Dalzell & A.Gibson; Canavalia ensiformis var. turgida Baker
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Canavalia cathartica Thouars
  • Common name : Maunaloa
  • Vernacular name : Cheruvalanga (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Climber
  • Habitat : Moist deciduous forests and banks of canals
  • Comments / notes : Frequent along banks of rivers, canals and backwaters.
  • Flower, Fruit : June-December
  • Collector(s) Name : C.J.Saldanha & N.S.Ravindra; C.J.Saldanha & K.P.Sreenath
  • Collection Nos : KFP 1325, KFP 12226, KFP 4901
  • Collection Locality : Kollur-Mangalore (Dakshina Kannada); Surathkal beach
  • Distribution :
    • Karnataka : Chikkamagaluru district, Mysuru district, Tumakuru district
    • Kerala : Wayanad district, Palakkad district, Thrissur district, Alappuzha district, Pathanamthitta district
    • Tamil Nadu : Tiruvallur district, Kanchipuram (Changalpattu-CGP) district, Tirunelveli district, Villipuram district
  • World Distribution : Widely cultivated, also runs wild
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Flora of Karnataka, Saldanha, 1984; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2003 - Udupi; Bhaskar & Kushalappa, 2013- Flora of Tumkur District; Manjunath et al., 2003 - Davanagere; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014 - Flora of South Kanara; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI; Henry, Kumari & Chithra (1983). Flora of Tamil Nadu, India vol. 1.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Canavalia cathartica. Downloaded on 6 December 2019.

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