Psophocarpus tetragonolobus (L.) DC.

 
  • Family : FABACEAE
    (PEA or BEAN FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Leguminosae
  • Subfamily : Faboideae
  • Basionym : Dolichos tetragonolobus L.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Psophocarpus tetragonolobus (L.) DC.
  • Common name : Malabar Kino, Goa bean, Asperagus Bean, Winged Bean
  • Vernacular name : Asana simba (Oria); Chaukoni sem (Hindi); Chathurappayar, Irachippayar (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Climber
  • Comments / notes : Cultivated as a vegetable. Frequent consumption is said to lead to nervous disorders
  • Key identification features : Fruit 4-winged
  • Flower, Fruit : February-October
  • Distribution :
    • Kerala : All districts of Kerala
    • Odisha : Keonjhar district
  • Native : Papua New Guinea
  • World Distribution : Tropical Asia, India, Sri Lanka, Africa, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China, New Guinea, The Pacific, Malaysia
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1994- Flora of Orissa Vol. 1; 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=Psophocarpus tetragonolobus. Downloaded on 16 December 2019.

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