Vigna marina, Fam. Fabaceae
Perennial with prostrate or twining stems to several meters long.
|Form or habit:||Vine (Climbing, Twining or groundcover)|
Trifoliate leaves, 2.5-9.5 x 2-7.3cm, somewhat rounded, sparse cover of short hairs above and below.
|Flower description:||Axillary racemes of yellow pea flowers. Late summer to mid spring.|
|Fruit description:||Pods, black when ripe, 3.5-6 x 0.7-0.9cm, straight or slightly curved, plump with slight constriction between the seeds. May to October.|
|Habitat:||Beach strand, coastal dune.|
|Distribution||Queensland, New South Wales, Northern Territory, New Guinea, Melanesia, Malesia, Asia, Pacific Islands.|
|Food source for:||Larval food plant of the moth Neocleptria punctifera.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Australia, New Guinea, Melanesia, Malesia, Asia, Pacific Islands.|
|Notes:||Aborigines ate the roots roasted. In southeast Asia the young leaves were cooked and eaten. In the Pacific Islands it is sometimes used as livestock fodder and is widely used in medicines.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|