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Useful Tropical Plants

Vigna marina

(Burm.) Merr.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Dolichos luteus Sw.

Phaseolus marinus Burm.

Phaseolus obovatus Gagnep.

Scytalis anomala E.Mey.

Scytalis retusa E.Mey.

Vigna anomala Walp.

Vigna lutea (Sw.) A.Gray

Vigna luteola auct.

Vigna repens lutea (Sw.) Kuntze

Vigna retusa (E.Mey.) Walp.

Common Name:

Vigna marina
Extensive stand of the plant, growing amongst grass on the beach at Halawa Bay, Molokai, Hawaii, United States
Photograph by: Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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General Information

Vigna marina is a perennial plant producing annual stems that can be several metres long. These stems trail over the ground or twine into the surrounding vegetation[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is sometimes grown as a food crop (in the Maldives, for example) and is also used as a sand binder and ground cover.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

Pantropical, along sea coasts.

Habitat

In the vicinity of sandy or stony sea shores, often just above the high tide mark, in coastal lagoons and river mouths, not occurring at much higher elevations[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Properties

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HabitPerennial Climber
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

Found in coastal areas through much of the tropics, it requires an annual rainfall of at least 500mm annual to survive. The plant is very frost-sensitive[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Grows well on wet and poorly drained soils[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Plants can flower and produce fruit all year round[
481
Title
Medicinal Plants in Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
2009
ISBN
978-92-9061-249-0
Description
Traditional medicinal uses of 126 species from Papua New Guinea, including information on any modern research into the plants.
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This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria; these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
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Title
Nodulation Plants in GRIN Taxonomy
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Website
http://www.ars-grin.gov/~sbmljw/cgi-bin/taxnodul.pl?language=en
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database listing plants that have either positive or negative reports on root and stem nodulation with nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
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Edible Uses

Seeds - cooked[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Year
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]. The seedpods are 35 - 60mm long and 8 - 9mm wide; containing 2 - 6 yellow-brown or red-brown seeds 5 - 7mm long and 5mm wide[
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Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

The thicker roots are sometimes eaten after roasting[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable. They require thorough cooking[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Medicinal

The plant is used medicinally[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

The fresh leaves are crushed with lime and water, squeezed and the juice drunk as a remedy for stomach aches[
481
Title
Medicinal Plants in Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
2009
ISBN
978-92-9061-249-0
Description
Traditional medicinal uses of 126 species from Papua New Guinea, including information on any modern research into the plants.
]. The juice extracted from freshly crushed young leaves is given to children as a treatment for asthma[
481
Title
Medicinal Plants in Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
2009
ISBN
978-92-9061-249-0
Description
Traditional medicinal uses of 126 species from Papua New Guinea, including information on any modern research into the plants.
].
The leaves are heated over a fire and then used as a poultice on sores[
481
Title
Medicinal Plants in Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
2009
ISBN
978-92-9061-249-0
Description
Traditional medicinal uses of 126 species from Papua New Guinea, including information on any modern research into the plants.
].

Agroforestry Uses:

Vigna marina occurs as a natural sand binder on sea shores and coastal sand dunes. It is also cultivated as a cover crop[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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