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Taxon: Vigna hosei (Craib) Backer

Genus: Vigna subgenus: Vigna section: Vigna
Family: Fabaceae (alt. Leguminosae) subfamily: Faboideae tribe: Phaseoleae subtribe: Phaseolinae. Also placed in: Papilionaceae
Nomen number: 41612
Place of publication: C. A. Backer & D. F. van Slooten, Geill. handb. Jav. theeonkr. 153. 1924
Name verified on: 11-Mar-1987 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 24-Oct-2005
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA).


Common names:

  • Sarawak-bean   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: soil improver   (fide Leg Queensl)
  • Animal food: potential as forage   (fide Leg Queensl; Pl Res SEAs 11:257. 1997)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of Bambara groundnut   (based on probable affinities to Vigna subterranea because yellow-flowered and member of section Vigna fide J Heredity 101:185. 2010, and Crop Sci 39:1234. 1999)
  • Weed   (fide F LAnt)

Distributional range:

    Eastern Asia: Taiwan
    Malesia: Indonesia; Malaysia

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania
    West-Central Tropical Africa: Rwanda
    South Tropical Africa: Mozambique
    Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar
    Australia: Australia
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida
    North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii
    Caribbean: Martinique; Puerto Rico; St. Lucia

  • widely cultivated

  • probable origin Asia


  • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & M. T. Strong. Flora of the West Indies (on-line resource).
  • Boggan, J. et al. 1992. Checklist of the plants of the Guianas.
  • Dassanayake, M. D. & F. R. Fosberg, eds. 1980–. A revised handbook to the flora of Ceylon.
  • Faridah Hanum, I. & L. J. G. van der Maesen, eds. 1997. Auxiliary plants. In: Faridah Hanum, I. & L. J. G. van der Maesen, eds., Plant Resources of South-East Asia (PROSEA). 11:255–257.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource).
  • Hacker, J. B. 1990. A guide to herbaceous and shrub legumes of Queensland.
  • Howard, R. 1974–1989. Flora of the lesser Antilles. [introd.].
  • Huang, S. F. & T. C. Huang. 1987. Taxonomic treatment of the Papilionoideae (Leguminosae) of Taiwan. Taiwania 32:11-117.
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third.
  • Liogier, H. A. & L. F. Martorell. 1982. Flora of Puerto Rico and adjacent islands: a systematic synopsis. [introd.].
  • 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 28:172.
  • Maxted, N. et al. 2004. An ecogeographic study African Vigna. Syst. Ecogeogr. Stud. Crop Genepools 11:39, 54, 123, 126. [yellow flowers].
  • Pasquet, R. S. & T. Vanderborgth. 1999. Isozyme polymorphism in some yellow- and blue-flowered Vigna species complexes (Fabaceae, Phaseoleae). Pl. Syst. Evol. 215:1–21.
  • Pasquet, R. S. et al. 1999. Isozyme diversity in Bambara groundnut. Crop Sci. (Madison) 39:1228–1236. [this study did not include Vigna hosei but it examined other species with yellow to violet species of section Vigna that might be closely related to Bambara groundnut].
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  • Pratt, L. W. & K. F. Bio. 2011. New plant records from Hawai'i Islands. Occas. Pap. Bernice Pauahi Bishop Mus. 113:77.
  • Sanjappa, M. 1992. Legumes of India.
  • Tomooka, N. et al. 2011. Chapter 15. Vigna. Pp. 291–311 in: Kole, C., ed., Wild crop relatives: genomic and breeding resources, legume crops and forages. [mentions].
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. 1952–. Flora of tropical East Africa. [mentions].
  • Verdcourt, B. 1979. A manual of New Guinea legumes.
  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. 1994–. Flora of China (English edition).
  • Wunderlin, R. & B. Hansen. Atlas of Florida vascular plants (on-line resource).


Check other web resources for Vigna hosei (Craib) Backer:

  • 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
  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • 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
  • 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.

Images or nodulation data:

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