1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Mucuna Adans.
      1. Mucuna ferox Verdc.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to S. Tropical Africa.

    [FZ]

    Leguminosae, B. Mackinder, R. Pasquet, R. Polhill and B. Verdcourt. Flora Zambesiaca 3:5. 2001

    Habit
    Liane with striate blackish stems densely covered with spreading pale hairs.
    Leaflets
    Terminal leaflet 12 × 11 cm, ovate, acuminate, rounded at base, the laterals oblique, 13 × 10.5 cm, all appressed hairy above with hairs not hiding the surface, beneath densely appressed silvery silky velvety; petiole 5–13 cm long; rhachis 1.7–2.5 cm long; stipules very soon deciduous, not seen; stipels linear, 5 mm long.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences c. 25 cm long, 50–100-flowered, densely appressed silvery hirsute, the fascicles sessile and several-flowered; peduncle 15–18 cm long.
    Calyx
    Calyx appressed pubescent and with some golden-brown bristles; tube 8 mm long, 1.5–2 cm wide; lateral lobes 3 × 2.5 mm, narrowly triangular, upper 2 lobes united into an emarginate lip 3 × 8 mm; inferior lobe 5 × 3 mm, very narrow.
    Corolla
    Corolla greenish-white; standard c. 4 × 3 cm with claw 4 × 5 mm, broadly elliptic; wings 5–5.7 × 1.2–1.5 cm, ± oblanceolate, rounded, claw 9 mm long with appendage 5 × 3 mm; keel 4.8–5.2 × 0.75 cm, curved at right angles near the apex, 1.6–2 cm long, the bent part strongly incrassate; claw 7–9 mm long.
    Fruits
    Pod 10–13 × 2.1–2.4 cm, ± S-shaped when young, curved-oblanceolate when mature, 3–4(5)-seeded, longitudinally bicostate, very densely covered with golden-brown irritant bristles.
    Seeds
    Seeds dark brown, compressed, 13.5–15.5 × 12–13.5 × 3.5–4.5 mm, ellipsoid, with hilum 4 mm long surrounded by a black aril.
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Zanzibar-Inhambane regional transition zone ; woodland.
    Habit
    Perennial, Climbing, Herb

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

    Mucuna ferox Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 31, 2002 Grosvenor, R.K. [1222], Malawi K000071159
    Jan 31, 2002 Pawek, Jean [7031], Malawi K000071158
    Jan 31, 2002 Phillips, Eleanor [2828], Malawi K000071160

    First published in Kew Bull. 35: 745 (1981)

    Accepted by

    • Mackinder, B., Pasquet, R., Polhill, R. & Verdcourt, B. (2001). Flora Zambesiaca 3(5): 1-261. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Mackinder, B., Pasquet, R., Polhill, R. & Verdcourt, B. (2001). Flora Zambesiaca 3(5): 1-261. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    International Legume Database and Information Service
    • Verdcourt, B. (1981). Kew Bull. 35:743-52. New taxa of Mucuna from E. Africa & Austr.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.

    International Legume Database and Information Service
    International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0