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Taxon: Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp. subsp. unguiculata group biflora

Genus: Vigna
Subgenus: Vigna
Section: Catiang
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Phaseoleae
Subtribe: Phaseolinae
Nomen number: 467840
Place of publication:
Link to protologue:
Comment: [or Vigna unguiculata Biflora Group]
Name Verified on: 11-Mar-2014 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 159 (20 active, 19 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (Map)

Autonyms (not in current use), synonyms and invalid designations:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym, I invalid designation)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Animal food: fodder (as V. unguiculata Biflora Group) forage (as V. unguiculata Biflora Group)
  • Environmental:
  • Human food: vegetable (as V. unguiculata subsp. cylindrica)
  • Medicines: folklore (as Vigna unguiculata subsp. cylindrica)

Distributional Range:


    • CHINA: China

    • INDIAN SUBCONTINENT: India, Nepal, Pakistan
    • INDO-CHINA: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam
    • MALESIA: Indonesia


  1. Ba, F. S. et al. 2004. Genetic diversity in cowpea [Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.] as revealed by RAPD markers. Genet. Resources Crop Evol. 51:539-550.
  2. Maxted, N. et al. 2004. An ecogeographic study African Vigna. Syst. Ecogeogr. Stud. Crop Genepools 11:7, 50, 54, 195. Note: International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI)
  3. Singh, B. B. 2006. Chapter 5. Cowpea [Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.]. Genetic resources, chromosome engineering, and crop improvement 120, 121. Note: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton - London - New York

Check other web resources for Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp. subsp. unguiculata group biflora :

  • 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.
  • 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. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=467840. Accessed 24 May 2020.