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Taxon: Pueraria montana (Lour.) Merr. var. lobata (Willd.) Maesen & S. M. Almeida ex Sanjappa & Predeep

Genus: Pueraria
Family: Fabaceae (alt. Leguminosae) subfamily: Faboideae tribe: Phaseoleae subtribe: Glycininae. Also placed in: Papilionaceae
Nomen number: 314966
Place of publication: M. Sanjappa, Legumes India 288. 1992 (L. J. G. van der Maesen & S. M. Almeida, J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 85:233. 1988, nom. inval.)
Comment: Maesen & S. Almeida (1988) incorrectly cited the basionym as P. lobata var. lobata Ohwi
Name verified on: 21-Apr-1999 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 09-May-2011
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9).
Accessions: 4 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

A declared aquatic or terrestrial noxious weed and/or noxious-weed seed in these U.S. states (see state noxious weed lists), with links to state information or web documents:
IL(as Pueraria lobata)*, IN(as Pueraria lobata)*, KS(as Pueraria lobata)*°, MO(as Pueraria lobata)*, MS*, OR(as Pueraria lobata)*, PA(as Pueraria lobata)*°, TX*, WA*, WA°, WI°, WV(as Pueraria thunbergiana)*.
ªAquatic. *Terrestrial. °In seed.
noxious weed information from Invaders Database System for northwestern U.S.
Link to species profile at National Invasive Species Information Center

See other conspecific taxa:

Common names:

  • Japanese arrowroot   (Source: Zander Ency [as P. lobata]) – English
  • kudsu   (Source: Hortus 3 [as P. lobata]) – English
  • kudzu   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • kudzuranker   (Source: Weeds SAfr 2001 [as P. lobata]) – Afrikaans
  • Kudzubohne   (Source: Zander Ency [as P. lobata]) – German
  • pueraria   (Source: Mult Glossary Crops ) – Italian
  • kuzu   (Source: F Japan [as P. lobata]) – Japanese Rōmaji
  • chilg   (Source: Kulturpflanze 34:122 [as P. lobata]) – Transcribed Korean

Economic importance:

Distributional range:

    Russian Far East: Russian Federation - Primorye
    China: China
    Eastern Asia: Japan; Korea; Taiwan
    Indo-China: Thailand; Vietnam
    Malesia: Indonesia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines
    Southwestern Pacific: New Caledonia; Solomon Islands; Vanuatu

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    West Tropical Africa: Sierra Leone
    Southern Africa: South Africa - Mpumalanga
    Caucasus: Azerbaijan; Georgia
    Middle Asia: Tajikistan
    Indian Subcontinent: Bhutan
    Australia: Australia - New South Wales [n.e.], Queensland
    East Europe: Ukraine
    United States
    North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii
    South-Central Pacific: French Polynesia
    Southwestern Pacific: American Samoa; Fiji; Niue; Samoa; Tonga
    Caribbean: Hispaniola
    Mesoamerica: Panama



Check other web resources for Pueraria montana (Lour.) Merr. var. lobata (Willd.) Maesen & S. M. Almeida ex Sanjappa & Predeep:

  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • 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 and Information Service
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops

Images or nodulation data:

  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (10 October 2015)

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