(Fabaceae-Papilionoideae) Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC.

Local name(s): ຕຳ ​ແຍ (tam yay)

Medicinal use(s): cough

Part(s) used: root

Field Characters: Vine, trifoliate, leaves with obvious stipules, fruits are hairy pods that cause severe itching.

Locality: Champasak Province, Sanasomboune District, Nong Hoy Village; Bachieng District, Nohn Sai Village

Habitat: Disturbed areas, sandy red soil, partial shade.

Altitude: 110-140 m asl

Collector(s): B. Elkington, O. Souliya, S. Nheunphonsavath

Collection number(s): BGE 94, BGE 116

Collection Date: August 10, 2007; April 21, 2009

Additional information:

Voucher specimen is in deposit at the Field Museum (F) Herbarium, Chicago, USA under accession no. 2284995, 2301569.

Synonyms, images, taxonomic description:

Plants of the World onlineFlora of China Vol. 10 Page 208, 210, 217, 218

Useful references:

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Ulu R, Gozel N, Tuzcu M, Orhan C, Yiğit İP, Dogukan A, Telceken H, Üçer Ö, Kemeç Z, Kaman D, Juturu V, Sahin K. The effects of Mucuna pruriens on the renal oxidative stress and transcription factors in high-fructose-fed rats. Food Chem Toxicol. 2018 Aug;118:526-531. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2018.05.061. Epub 2018 May 31. PubMed PMID: 29860019.