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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 753. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 11/2/2016)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 3/31/2017)
GROWTH: Lifespan: Perennial
Life form: Herbaceous
Plant-human relationship: Cultivated
Human edible: Flowers, Fruits, Leaves
Other uses: Medicinal/psychoactive properties
Details: Economic use: Revilleza et al. (1990) report that this species had the highest oligosaccharide content (and hence "flatulence potential") of seven indigenous Philippine legumes tested. Though young fruits are eaten, seeds are not generally used as food and are said to have a purgative effect; roots and leaves are considered toxic but used medicinally (Bhattacharjee & Bhattacharjee, 2013). Flowers and leaves used to dye food (Facciola, 1998).





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