Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Literature for Mucuna gigantea
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Fabaceae -- The Pea Family Bibliography
      Mucuna gigantea
General Information
DistributionWidespread from East Africa, India, China, Malesia, and Pacific islands to the Societies and Hawai`i.
Large, woody lianas; stems high-climbing or sprawling, 8-15(-80) m long.
Leaflets broadly elliptic or ovate, 4-13 cm long, 2.5-7.5 cm wide, lateral ones asymmetrical, glabrous or glabrate.
Pseudoracemes short, corymbose, pendulous on a long peduncle, bracts and bracteoles fugacious, bracts up to 7 mm long, bracteoles up to 14 mm long; calyx lobes deltate, 2-4 mm long; corolla yellowish green (outside Hawai`i also white or pale lilac), 3-4.5 cm long, keel angularly curved upward.
Pods compressed, (7-)10-15 cm long, 3-5(-6) cm wide, covered with stiff, very irritating, orangish brown hairs, quickly glabrate, faces pitted, reticulate, without transverse lamellae.
Seeds 2-3(4), brown, brown mottled with black, or rarely entirely black, discoid, 2-3 cm long, 1.8-2.5 cm wide, hilum extending 3/4-5/6 of the circumference.