Mucuna atropurpurea (Roxb.) DC. ex Wight & Arn.

 
  • Family : FABACEAE
    (PEA or BEAN FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Leguminosae
  • Subfamily : Faboideae
  • Basionym : Carpopogon atropurpureum Roxb.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Mucuna atropurpurea (Roxb.) Wight & Arn.
  • Common name : Cow Itch
  • Vernacular name : Turibeeli balli (Kannada); Sirupunaikali (Tamil); Vhainswalivel (Hindi); Chinthelly, Naikorana (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Liana
  • Habitat : Dry deciduous, evergreen and shola forests
  • Comments / notes : On hills up to 1200m by river banks
  • Key identification features : Pod two seeded
  • Flower, Fruit : December-April
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Chittoor district
    • Kerala : Idukki district
    • Tamil Nadu : Dindigul district, Tirunelveli district, Coimbatore district
  • World Distribution : India, Sri Lanka, Malaccas
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2001 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 2; Matthew, K.M., Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; 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=Mucuna atropurpurea. Downloaded on 10 December 2019.

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