Canavalia gladiata

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"Sword Bean" and variants redirect here. This term is also used for other legumes, notably the Common Jack-bean.
Canavalia gladiata
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Canavalia
Species: C. gladiata
Binomial name
Canavalia gladiata
(Jacq.) DC.

Canavalia gladiata, usually called sword bean, is a domesticated plant species in the legume (Fabaceae) family. The legume is a used as a vegetable in interiors of central and south central India, though not commercially farmed. In Telugu it is called 'chamma kaya' also called 'Tammi kaya'. In Tamil it is called 'valavaraik-kay' or 'valavaran-gai' which means, the vegetable that looks like a sword.. The fruits are eaten as a vegetable in Africa and Asia.[1]


  1. ^ Grubben, G.J.H. & Denton, O.A. (2004) Plant Resources of Tropical Africa 2. Vegetables. PROTA Foundation, Wageningen; Backhuys, Leiden; CTA, Wageningen.

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