Canavalia ensiformis

Scientific name: Canavalia ensiformis (L.) DC.
Synonym: Dolichos ensiformis L.
Botanical family: FABACEAE

Vernacular names

(In territories with significant traditional TRAMIL use)

Dominican Republic:

  • haba


  • pwa maldjók

Other vernacular names

Botanical description

Annual erect plant, up to 2 m in height.  Leaf with three membranous leaflets, oval to ovate, 6 to 12 cm in length.  Flowers, 10 to 20 in number, pink, in peduncles.  Pod (fruit) linear, slightly curved, up to 30 cm in length, with three longitudinal ribs in each valve.  Ellipsoid seeds, approx. 2 cm in length, white with a brown mark.

Plant a climber or a bushy shrub, up to 2 m high. Leaf compound with three leaflets, oval to ovate, 6 to 12 cm long.  Inflorescence a raceme, flowers pink-purple; pod (fruit) linear, slightly curved, ca. 30 cm x 2.5-3.5cm, with three longitudinal ribs in each valve; seeds ca. 2 cm x 1.5 cm x 1 mm, white or ivory with a brown mark.





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