Taxon: Vigna aconitifolia (Jacq.) Maréchal

Genus: Vigna
Subgenus: Ceratotropis
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Phaseoleae
Subtribe: Phaseolinae
Nomen number: 41595
Place of publication: Bull. Jard. Bot. Natl. Belg. 39:160. 1969
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 21-Jul-1987 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 14-Mar-2017
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9)
Accessions: 56 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: soil improver (green manure fide Pl Res SEAs 1:66. 1989)
  • Human food: potential as pulse (fide Trop Leg)
  • Human food: vegetable (fide Trop Leg)
  • Animal food: forage (fide Pl Res SEAs 1:66. 1989)
  • Gene sources: drought resistance for cowpea (fide Euphytica 86:173. 1995)
  • Gene sources: drought resistance for mung-bean (fide Euphytica 86:173. 1995)
  • Gene sources: potential for heat resistance in mung-bean (fide Euphytica 86:173. 1995)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of azuki-bean (based on its distant affinities to Vigna angularis fide Genetica 114:140. 2002)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of black gram (based on affinities to Vigna mungo fide Genetica 114:140. 2002)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of cowpea (based on probable distant affinities to Vigna unguiculata fide Wild Crop Rel Leg Cr 15:301. 2011)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of mung-bean (based on distant affinities to Vigna radiata fide Genetica 114:140. 2002)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of rice-bean (based on affinities to Vigna umbellata fide Genetica 114:140. 2002)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India ; Pakistan ; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Myanmar

  • Cultivated

  • Africa

    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India ; Pakistan
    • Indo-China: Thailand
  • Northern America

    • United States


  • PROTABASE, the information base of PROTA (Plant Resources of Tropical Africa) (on-line resource). (PROTA4U)
  • Budanova, V. I. 1982. Novoe i sistematike rodov Phaseolus L. i Vigna Savi. (Some new data on the systematics of the genera Phaseolus L. and Vigna Savi.) Trudy Prikl. Bot. 72:19.
  • Doi, K. et al. 2002. Molecular phylogeny of genus Vigna subgenus Ceratotropis based on rDNA ITS and atpB-rbcL intergenic spacer of cpDNA sequences (Genetica) 114:129-145.
  • Duke, J. A. Handbook of legumes of world economic importance. 1981 (Leg WorldEc)
  • Encke, F. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 13. Auflage. 1984 (Zander ed13)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource). (Ecocrop)
  • Jaiwal, P. K. & A. Gulati 1995. Current status and future strategies of in vitro culture techniques for genetic improvement of mungbean (Vigna radiata (L .) Wilczek) (Euphytica) 86:167-181.
  • Kumar, S & P. V. Sane Legumes of South Asia: a checklist. 2003 (Leg SAsia)
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. (Hortus 3)
  • Maesen, L. J. G. van der & Sadikin Somaatmadja, eds. 1989. Pulses (Pl Res SEAs) 1:66.
  • Maréchal, R. et al. 1978. Étude taxonomique d'un groupe complexe d'espèces des genres Phaseolus et Vigna (Papilionaceae) sur la base données morphologiques et polliniques, traitées par l'analyse informatique (Boissiera) 28:213.
  • Markle, G. M. et al., eds. Food and feed crops of the United States, ed. 2. 1998 (Food Feed Crops US)
  • Matthew, K. M. The flora of the Tamilnadu Carnatic. (F TamilC)
  • Nasir, E. & S. I. Ali, eds. Flora of [West] Pakistan. (F Pak)
  • National Academy of Sciences Tropical legumes: resources for the future. 1979 (Trop Leg)
  • Personal Care Products Council International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI)
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
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  • Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  • Tomooka, N. et al. The Asian Vigna: genus Vigna subgenus Ceratotropis genetic resources. 2002 (Asian Vigna)
  • Tomooka, N. et al. 2011. Chapter 15. Vigna (Wild Crop Rel Leg Cr) 291-311.
  • Verdcourt, B. 1970. Studies in the Leguminosae-Papilionoideae for the 'Flora of Tropical East Africa': IV Kew Bull. 24:557.


Check other web resources for Vigna aconitifolia (Jacq.) Maréchal :

  • 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:
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ILDIS: International Legume Database & Information Service
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • 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.