Vigna leptodon Harms
Vigna mensensis hastata Chiov.
Vigna membranacea is an annual to perennial climbing or trailing plant, more rarely suberect. It produces stems 20 - 300cm long that scramble over the ground or twine into the surrounding vegetation[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Northern and eastern Africa - Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, eastern DR Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania.
Grassland; scrub; dry evergreen forest; Acacia, Commiphora bushland; coastal mixed bushland; coastal grassland in thicket; woodland; swamp sides; Pennisetum formations; fallow land; at elevations up to 2,400 metres[
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.
The leaves are eaten after frying or boiling and are said to taste like cowpea leaves[
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