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Canavalia Ensiformis

Canavalia Ensiformis

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Canavalia Ensiformis

Canavalia ensiformis, or (Common) Jack-bean, is a legume which is used for animal fodder and human nutrition, especially in Brazil where it is called feijao-de-porco ("pig bean"). It is also the source of concanavalin A.C. ensiformis is a twining plant up to 1 metre (3.3 ft) in height. It has deep roots, which makes it drought resistant. The plant can spread via long runners. The flowers are pink-purple in colour. The pods are up to 36 centimetres (14 in) long with large white seeds.

Scientific classification

Kingdom

Plantae

(unranked)

Angiosperms

(unranked)

Eudicots

(unranked)

Rosids

Order

Fabales

Family

Fabaceae

Genus

Canavalia

Species

C. ensiformis

Binomial name
Canavalia ensiformis