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*Mucuna pruriens (Linnaeus) A.P. de Candolle. Velvetbean, Bengal Bean, Florida Bean. Phen: Feb-Jun. Hab: Disturbed areas, fields, cultivated and sporadically established in disturbed areas. Dist: Native of se. Asia.

Origin/Endemic status: E. and se. Asia

Other Comments: The orange hairs present on the seed pods of this species produce the protein mucanain, which causes severe itching to human skin upon contact.

Synonymy: = Bah, Fl3, FNA11.1, K4, SE3, WH3, Isely (1998), Moura et al (2013); = n/a – RAB; > Mucuna deeringiana (Bort) Merr.; > Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC. var. pruriens – K1, K3, WI; > Stizolobium deeringianum Bort – S

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