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BURNY BEAN (Mucuna gigantea )
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Mucuna gigantea

Mucuna gigantea        Family FABACEAE

 

A tall woody climber with thick, long stems climbing high into the trees. Not common on Lord Howe Island, and as the leaves are high up in the trees, it is difficult to find; although when in flower its presence is indicated by many large flowers fallen on the tracks, e.g. Boat Harbour, North Bay, Transit Hill slopes. Also found in northern Australia, Western Pacific Islands, South Asia, Malaysia. The genus is pantropical and subtropical with about 100 species. Called Burny bean in Australia because of the irritating hairs on the fruit.

 
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