Canavalia Gladiata

Canavalia Gladiata

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Canavalia gladiata, usually called Sword Bean, is a domesticated plant species in the legume (Fabaceae) family. The legume is a used as a vegetable in interiors of central and south central India, though not commercially farmed. In telugu it is called 'chamma kaya'

The fruits are eaten as a vegetable in Africa and Asia. Sword Bean is a twining, nearly erect annual herb, growing to 6 ft. Flowers are pink and white, 2.5-4 cm across. The bean is eaten in many parts of India. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental with very attractive pink-white pea-like flowers. Flowering: April-October.