Velvet bean (Mucuna spp.)

  • R.D Vieira
  • N.M de Carvalho


The velvet bean originated in South Africa and was subsequently introduced throughout the tropics, subtropical and temperate areas of the world, being commonly grown in Brazil, Colombia, southern states of the USA, Zimbabwe, and many other countries (Bogdan, 1977). The bean has been cultivated for centuries as an ornamental crop, its value for soil improvement and as a forage crop was not recognized until the end of the nineteenth century when a variety of ‘Stizolobium deeringianum’ was used for green manure in Florida (Piper and Morse, 1922; Duke, 1981).


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  • N.M de Carvalho

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