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Taxon: Mucuna gigantea (Willd.) DC.

Genus: Mucuna
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Phaseoleae
Nomen number: 24640
Place of publication: Prodr. 2:405. 1825
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 11-Mar-1987 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 23-Aug-1994
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 5 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System


Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals; mammals

Distributional Range:


    • EAST TROPICAL AFRICA: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
    • WEST-CENTRAL TROPICAL AFRICA: Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • SOUTHERN AFRICA: South Africa [KwaZulu-Natal (e.)]
    • WESTERN INDIAN OCEAN: Seychelles

    • CHINA: China [Hainan Sheng]
    • EASTERN ASIA: Japan, [Ryukyu Islands] Taiwan (s.)

    • INDIAN SUBCONTINENT: Bangladesh, India (s.), Sri Lanka
    • PAPUASIA: Papua New Guinea
    • INDO-CHINA: Myanmar (s.), Thailand (s.), Vietnam
    • MALESIA: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines

    • AUSTRALIA: Australia [New South Wales (n.e.), Northern Territory (n.), Queensland, Western Australia (n.)]

    • NORTH-CENTRAL PACIFIC: United States [Hawaii]
    • SOUTH-CENTRAL PACIFIC: French Polynesia
    • SOUTHWESTERN PACIFIC: Fiji, New Caledonia


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  4. Bentham, G. Flora australiensis. 1863-1878 (F AustBenth)
  5. Hennessy, E. F. 1991. Erythrineae (Fabaceae) in Southern Africa (Bothalia) 21:18.
  6. Hnatiuk, R. J. Census of Australian vascular plants. Australian Flora and Fauna Series No. 11. (L Aust)
  7. Huang, S. F. & T. C. Huang Taxonomic treatment of the Papilionoideae (Leguminosae) of Taiwan. Taiwania 32:11-117. 1987 (Leg Taiwan)
  8. Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS) Australian plant common name database (on-line resource). (Aust Pl Common Names)
  9. Lock, J. M. Legumes of Africa: a checklist. 1989 (Leg Africa)
  10. Moura, T. M. et al. 2014. (2283) Proposal to reject the name Dolichos altissimus (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae) thus protecting the name Mucuna gigantea (Taxon) 63:439.
  11. Ohashi, H. & Y. Tateishi 1976. Mucuna macrocarpa and M. gigantea (Leguminosae) in Japan and Formosa J. Jap. Bot. 51:161-168.
  12. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  13. Smith, A. C. Flora vitiensis nova. (F Viti)
  14. Tateishi, Y. & H. Ohashi 1981. Eastern Asiatic species of Mucuna (Leguminosae) Bot. Mag. (Tokyo) 94:92.
  15. Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. Flora of tropical East Africa. (F TE Afr)
  16. Verdcourt, B. A manual of New Guinea legumes. (Leg New Guinea)
  17. Wilmot-Dear, C. M. 1984. A revision of Mucuna (Leguminosae-Phaseoleae) in China and Japan Kew Bull. 39:56.
  18. Wilmot-Dear, C. M. 1986. A revision of Mucuna (Leguminosae : Phaseoleae) in the Indian subcontinent and Burma Kew Bull. 42:38.
  19. Wilmot-Dear, C. M. 1990. A revision of Mucuna (Leguminosae: Phaseoleae) in the Pacific Kew Bull. 45:5.
  20. Wilmot-Dear, C. M. 1991. A revision of Mucuna (Leguminosae-Phaseoleae) in the Philippines Kew Bull. 46:217.
  21. Wilmot-Dear, C. M. 1992. A revision of Mucuna (Leguminosae: Phaseoleae) in Thailand, Indochina and the Malay Peninsula Kew Bull. 47:213.

Check other web resources for Mucuna gigantea (Willd.) DC. :

  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program:
  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ILDIS: International Legume Database & Information Service
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=24640. Accessed 22 April 2019.