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Phaseolus trilobus  Ait.


Botanical Name


Phaseolus trilobus Ait.

English Name


African gram, Jungle mat bean.



Vigna trilobata (L.) Verdc.





General Info


A regenerating annual herb, with reddish, glabrous or rarely pubescent stems, prostrate, trailing (rarely weakly twining) to c. 50 cm. Leaves trifoliolate, on petioles 1-11 cm long, with leaflets ovate in outline, 0.8-4.5 cm long, 0.6-4 cm wide; glabrous to sub-glabrous, usually shiny; margins entire to deeply lobed (lobes distinctly widened above and oblong obtuse or subacute); stipules peltate, sometimes spurred, ovate, 4-15 mm long. Inflorescence a few-flowered raceme, with peduncle 2-22.5 cm long; pedicels 1-2.5 mm long; calyx 2.5 mm long, glabrous, teeth minute; corolla yellow, 5-7 mm long. Pods cylindrical, 1.5-5 cm long, 2.5-3 mm wide, glabrous to sparingly pubescent with short adpressed hairs, black when ripe; 6-12-seeds/pod.

Herb Effects

Aphrodisiac, antibilious & mild sedative agent.



Medicinal Use

In general debility, malnutrition, fatigue, constipation, fever, burning sensation, thirst, piles, dysentery, cough, gout and biliousness


Sharma PV. Classical Uses of Medicinal Plants.



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