Feb. 18, 2019

hairy cowpea, Vigna luteola

Yesterday's amberique question has been answered. Thanks, Anne. Amberique is French for mung, Vigna radiata, a bean of Africa and Eurasia. Mung is an important food crop, and has now been reported wild in Virginia. Lacking a mung image, we will go with hairy cowpea, an important indigenous food of the Americas. Both the peas and roots are eaten, and the plant is good fodder. Consequently, hairy cowpea is now grown, and has spread to the wild from Africa to Australia. Here, it grows in AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, PA, SC, TX, and VA. Polk Co FL, 3/17/16.