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Common name

English: Brazilian jointvetch


Kingdom: Plantae (2677)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2591)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2184)

      Order: Fabales (242)

        Family: Fabaceae (242)(family description)

          Genus: Aeschynomene (1)

            Epithet: brasiliana (Poir.) DC. (3)

Synonyms: Aeschynomene biflora (Mill.) Fawc. & Rendle, Aeschynomene guaricana Pittier, Aeschynomene paucijuga DC., Cassia biflora Mill., Cassia houstoniana Collad., Hedysarum brasilianum Poir., Hedysarum hirtum Vell.

biflora => two-flowered

brasiliana => of Brazilian origin

brasilianum => of Brazilian origin

guaricana => of the Guarani, South American Indians

hirtum => hairy, shaggy, rough, rude, unpolished

houstoniana => in honor of William Houstoun (1695-1733), Scottish physician and botanist

paucijuga => few-paired


Climate: tropical

Habit: herb

Flower colour: yellow

External links

Check for Aeschynomene brasiliana at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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