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Velvet Bean Mucuna pruriens
velvet bean, Bengal Bean, Poil à Gratter, Mucuna, Picapica, Pwa Grate, Fève De VeloursVelvet bean is a vigorous, nitrogen-fixing, bushy or vining, annual plant. The vines will climb anything available and can reach 10 m or more in length. Velvet bean is somewhat drought tolerant and is an excellent green manure or cover crop with ability to suppress weeds and provide generous...
Bush Velvet Bean Mucuna pruriens
Velvet Bean, Bengal Bean, Mucuna, Picapica, Pwa Grate, itchy beanBush forms of Mucuna pruriens grow rapidly, but have a more compact growth habit than vining types. The leaves are large and trifoliate with lateral leaflets 7–15 cm long, 5–12 cm wide. Flowers are light purple or white, resulting in pods 4-13 cm in length. Wild forms of M. pruriens have pods...
Malabar Spinach Basella alba, Basella rubra
Malabar Spinach, Brède D'angola, Ceylon Spinach, Poi Sag, Malabar Nightshade, Zepina, Indian SpinachThere are two species of Malabar Spinach, Basella alba, which is green and B. rubra, which has purple stems. The thick mucilaginous leaves are an excellent dark green leafy vegetable for hot and humid climates. Malabar Spinach grows as a spreading vine along the ground or climbing on a trellis; a...