Vigna aconitifolia (Jacq.) Marechal

 
  • Family : FABACEAE
    (PEA or BEAN FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Leguminosae
  • Subfamily : Faboideae
  • Basionym : Phaseolus aconitifolius Jacq.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Vigna aconitifolia (Jacq.) Marechal
  • Common name : Moth bean
  • Vernacular name : Madaki (Kannada); Tulkapayir (Tamil)
  • Habit : Herb
  • Habitat : Scrub jungles and plains
  • Comments / notes : Often on arable land in clumps. Cultivated and also wild in some parts
  • Key identification features : Trailing herb; sometimes twining
  • Flower, Fruit : August-January
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : East Godavari district, Vishakapatnam district
    • Odisha : Boudh district, Kandhamal district
    • Tamil Nadu : Namakkal district, Tiruvannamalai district
  • World Distribution : India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka; cultivated elsewhere
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2001 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 2; J.L.Ellis, 1987- Flora of Nallamalais Vol. 1; 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; 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=Vigna aconitifolia. Downloaded on 13 December 2019.

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