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Common name

English: Cat's Tail Bean

Mandarin: 猫尾草 (mao wei cao)


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Fabales (241)

        Family: Fabaceae (241)(family description)

          Genus: Uraria (5)

            Epithet: crinita (L.) DC. (1)

Synonyms: Doodia crinita Roxb., Hedysarum crinitum L., Uraria comosa DC., Uraria macrostachya Wall.

comosa => referring to hair

crinita => mane-like, long haired

crinitum => mane-like, long haired

macrostachya => macro, meaning large, and stachya, spike-shaped, referring the the size and the shape of the inflorescence


Climate: tropical

Habit: herb

Flower colour: violet

External links

Check for Uraria crinita at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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