Mucuna biplicata Kurz

Last updated: 27 Jul 2015

Scientific Name

Mucuna biplicata Kurz


Mucuna biplicata Teijsm. & Binn, Mucuna atropurpurea Baker [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Merading (Bidayuh, Sarawak); akar beruru (Iban, Sarawak) [2]; kachang paleh (Peninsular Malaysia) [2][3][4]

Geographical Distributions

Mucuna biplicata can be found in Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo. It is found in relatively open or disturbed forest from sea-level up to 70 m altitude. [2]

Botanical Description

M. biplicata is a member of the Leguminosae family. It is a liana that up to 20 m long and smooth. [2]

The leaves are 20-25(-40) cm long with leaflet terminal is broadly elliptical, 10-12(-18) cm x 5-7(-11) cm. [2]

The inflorescence is 5-9 cm long, with several branches at or near the base and bearing 4-40 side-branches. The sepal is 5-6 mm x 8-10 mm with the violet to purple petal that is about 2.5 cm long. Wings and keel are 4-5 cm long. [2]

The fruit is broadly oblong with a size of 7-10 cm x 2.5-5 cm x 1-2 cm but not swollen around the seeds, with abundant irritant bristles and 3-5-seeded. [2]


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Traditional Use

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Poisonous Management

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Figure 1: The line drawing of M. biplicata 


  1. The Plant List. Ver 1.1 Mucuna biplicata Kurz. [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2010 Jul 14; cited 2015 Jul 27]. Available from:
  2. Mucuna biplicata Teijsm. & Binned ex Kurz. In: Lemmens RHMJ, Bunyapraphatsara N, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia 12(3): Medicinal and Poisonous Plants 3. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publication; 2003.
  3. Quattrocchi U. CRC world dictionary of medicinal and poisonous plants: Common names, scientific names, eponyms, synonyms, and etymology. Volume IV M-Q. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press; 2012. p. 205.
  4. Herbal Medicine Research Centre, Institute for Medical Research. Compendium of medicinal plants used in Malaysia. Volume 2. Kuala Lumpur: HMRC IMR; 2002. p. 152-153.