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Vigna unquiculata is a grain legume that originates in Africa. Attributes such as vine shape (climbing, prostrate, or semi-erect), seed color (shades of white, pink, brown, and black) and seed maturation time (60 to 240 days) vary with variety. Pods appear in V-shaped pairs.

'Mavuno' is the best local variety from Magu, Tanzania.  The plants grow as creeping vines with large leaves and large, long pods that contain cream colored seeds.