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Pueraria phaseoloides in Kadavoor.jpg
Pueraria phaseoloides
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Phaseoleae
Subtribe: Glycininae
Genus: Pueraria

About 15–20; see text

  • Zeydora Lour. ex Gomes

Pueraria is a genus of 15–20[1] species of plants native to Asia.

The genus is polyphyletic, with different species being related to species in Glycine (which includes soybean), Amphicarpaea, Nogra, Teyleria, Neonotonia, Pseudovigna, Pseudeminia, Pachyrhizus (which includes jicama), and other genera of the tribe Phaseoleae.[2]

The best known is kudzu, also called Japanese arrowroot.[3][4]


These five species are closely related, and the name kudzu describes one or more of them. The morphological differences between the five species are subtle, they can breed with each other, and it appears that introduced kudzu populations in the United States have ancestry from more than one of the species.[5][6]

Other plants that belong to this genus include:


  1. ^ a b "Pueraria DC". Flora of Pakistan.
  2. ^ a b Lee, J; Hymowitz, T. (2001). "A Molecular Phylogenetic Study of the Subtribe Glycininae (Leguminosae) Derived from the Chloroplast DNA RPS16 Intron Sequences". American Journal of Botany. Botanical Society of America. 88 (11): 2064–2073. doi:10.2307/3558432. JSTOR 3558432. PMID 21669638.
  3. ^ "Plants Profile for Pueraria montana (kudzu)". USDA. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Pueraria montana var. lobata". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  5. ^ Jewett, D. K.; Jiang, C. J.; Britton, K. O.; Sun, J. H.; Tang, J. (2003). "Characterizing Specimens of Kudzu and Related Taxa with RAPD's". Castanea. Southern Appalachian Botanical Society. 68 (3): 254–260. ISSN 0008-7475. JSTOR 4034173.
  6. ^ Sun, J. H.; Li, Z.-C.; Jewett, D. K.; Britton, K. O.; Ye, W. H.; Ge, X.-J. (2005). "Genetic Diversity of Pueraria lobata (Kudzu) and Closely Related Taxa as Revealed by Inter-Simple Sequence Repeat Analysis". Weed Research. 45 (4): 255–260. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3180.2005.00462.x.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Pueraria". Chinese Plant Names.
  8. ^ "Pueraria montana var. lobata". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
  9. ^ "Pueraria DC". Taiwan Plant Names.
  10. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species".

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