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Common name

English: Bay bean, Coastal jack bean, Sea bean

German: Strandbohne

Mandarin: 海刀豆 (hai dao dou)

Spanish: Mate de costa


Kingdom: Plantae (2669)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2583)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2176)

      Order: Fabales (241)

        Family: Fabaceae (241)(family description)

          Genus: Canavalia (2)

            Epithet: rosea (Sw.)DC. (3)

Synonyms: Canavalia apiculata Piper, Canavalia arenicola Piper, Canavalia baueriana Endl., Canavalia emarginata (Jacq.)G.Don, Canavalia maritima Thouars, Canavalia miniata (Kunth)DC., Canavalia moneta Welw., Canavalia obcordata Voigt, Canavalia obtusifolia (Lam.)DC., Canavalia podocarpa Dunn, Clitoria rotundifolia (Vahl)Sesse & Mocino, Dolichos emarginatus Jacq., Dolichos littoralis Vell.Conc., Dolichos maritimus Aublet, Dolichos miniatus Kunth, Dolichos obcordatus Roxb., Dolichos obovatus Schum. & Thonn., Dolichos obtusifolius Lam., Dolichos roseus Sw., Dolichos rotundifolius Vahl

apiculata => apiculate, small broad point at apex tip

arenicola => sand-dwelling

baueriana => in honor of Ferdinand Lukas Bauer (1760-1826), Austrian botanical artist

emarginata => with notched margin

emarginatus => with notched margin

littoralis => found on the seashore

maritima => growing on the seashore, confined to the coast

maritimus => growing on the seashore, confined to the coast

miniata => satin-red, flame-scarlet

miniatus => satin-red, flame-scarlet

obcordata => inversely heart-shaped

obcordatus => inversely heart-shaped

obovatus => egg-shaped

obtusifolia => with leaves blunt at the apex

obtusifolius => with leaves blunt at the apex

podocarpa => footed fruit or seed

rosea => rose or pale red-pink coloured

roseus => rose or pale red-pink coloured

rotundifolia => referring to the rounded leaves

rotundifolius => round-leaved


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: purple, violet, pink, white

External links

Check for Canavalia rosea at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI


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