Sorting Psophocarpus names 

Species on this page ( A = names approved by most authorities, s = approved as synonyms) :


Psophocarpus grandiflorus R. Wilczek

ENGLISH : Large-flowered winged bean .

Psophocarpus indicus Willd.

ENGLISH :  India wingbean.

GERMAN :  Goabohne.

Psophocarpus lancifolius Harms

Information needed.

Psophocarpus monophyllus Harms

Information needed

Psophocarpus palustris Desv.

SYNONYM(S) : Botor palustris (Desv.) Kuntze, Psophocarpus palmettorum Guill. et al.

CHINESE :  沼泽四棱豆  Zhao ze si leng dou,   Si leng dou (medicinal name).

ENGLISH : African winged bean.

JAPANESE :  プソフォカルプス パルストリス Pusofokarupusu parusutorisu.

Psophocarpus scandens (Endl.) Verdc.

SYNONYM(S) : Botor palustris sensu Hiern,  Diesingia scandens Endl., Mucuna comorensis Vatke, Psophocarpus longipedunculatus Hassk., Stizolobium comorense (Vatke) Piper., Psophocarpus palustris auct. non Desv., Psophocarpus tetragonolobus sensu auct.

ENGLISH : Tropical African winged bean.

JAPANESE :  プソフォカルプス  ロンギペデゥンクラトゥス   Pusofokarupusu rongipedunkuratusu (as P. longipedunculatus).

MALAGASY :  Anonantaka, Vahimafaraka.

MALAY : Kecipir monyet (Java).

SUNDANESE : Jaat monyet.


Psophocarpus tetragonolobus (L.) DC.

SYNONYM(S) : Psophocarpus tetragonolobus (Stickm.) DC., Dolichos tetragonolobus L., Botor tetragonolobus (L.) Kuntze.

BURMESE : Pe saung ya, Hto pong, Ku bemya.

CHINESE : Si leng dou, Si jiao dou ( Cantonese Sz kok tau ), Si leng dou (medicinal name).

DANISH : Goabønne, Goaboenne.

DUTCH : Ketjipir.

ENGLISH : Winged-bean, Goa-bean , Asparagus bean, Asparagus pea, Princess-pea, Four-angled-bean, Supermarket bean, Short day asparagus pea.

FINNISH : Goanpapu.

FRENCH : Pois asperge, Pois carré, Haricot ailé, Pois ailé.

GERMAN :  Flügelbohne.

GREEK :  Φασόλι ο νάνος.

HINDI :  Chaukoni sem.

ITALIAN : Fagiolo quadrato.

JAPANESE : Shikaku mame, ト ウサイ Tousai, ウリズン  Urizun.

KHMER : Prâpiëy.

KOREAN :  날개콩.

LAOTIAN : Thwàx ph'uu.

MALAY : Kecipir (Java), Kethipir (Java), Ketjeepir (Java) , Kachang botol (Kacang botol), Kacang kelisa, Kachang botor (Kacang botor), Kacang sirek, Kechang bolon, Kachang belimbing.

PORTUGUESE : Fava de cavalo.

RUSSIAN : Psofokarpus chetyrekhkylyi.

SINHALESE :  Dara dambala, Darambulla.

SPANISH : Dólico de Goa, Frijol alado, Judia careta, Calamismis (Philippines).

SWEDISH : Vingböna.

TAGALOG : Segidilla, Sigarilya, Sigarillas ?, Sigadillas ?.

THAI : Thua phuu (Too a poo).


VISAYAN : Kalamismis, Kabey.

Photo of seed (red-seeded cultivar) from the Illustrated Legume Database, Japan..
Photo of seed (black-seeded cultivar) from the Illustrated Legume Database, Japan..
Photo of flower and pod from the Illustrated Legume Database, Japan.
Descriptions (in English, with links to Japanese version and above photos) from the Illustrated Legume Database, Japan.
Photographs of seeds at the National Agrobiodiversity Center - Korea.
Photographs of flower at Miyakyo University, Japan.

Psophocarpus tetragonolobus (L.) DC. cv. 'Chimbu'

ENGLISH : Red-podded winged bean, Red-podded asparagus bean, Long-podded winged bean, Long-podded asparagus bean.

Could this be Psophocarpus palustris Desv. ?  Probably not because palustris is restricted to Africa and this cultivar is supposed to be from South-East Asia. Nobody has been able to confirm the existence of a "red-podded" cultivar so far.



Porcher Michel H. et al. 1995 - 2020, Sorting Psophocarpus Names. Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database   (M.M.P.N.D - A Work in Progress. School of Agriculture and Food Systems. Faculty of Land & Food Resources. The University of Melbourne. Australia.
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General Bibliography
Specific & complementary


ACCE$$ to A$IA Team, 1997, ACCE$$ to A$IAN VEGETABLE$ - Thesaurus - Wingbean. Institute of Horticultural Development, Knoxfield, Agriculture Victoria, Dept. of Natural Resources & Environment. < >

Breen Jim Prof. 1998, Japanese Resources, including EDICT, KANJIDIC, and many useful links related to Japanese and Chinese languages.

Compiling Group, 1981, A Classified and Illustrated Chinese - English Dictionary, Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Languages, Guangdong People's Publishing House. (Chinese-simplified, English, Latin).

ECHO-EURODICAUTOM, On-line Technical Dictionary in 11 languages provided by Information Market Europe, served by The University of Frankfurt, maintained by Jens Kurlanda. (Latin, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish).

EUTERPE, European Parliament, TRADOS MultiTerm Web Interface in 12 languages. (Latin, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish).

LEGUMEWEB, ILDIS , 1998, World Database of Legumes, International Legume Database & Information Service, " "

Sugahara Tatsuyuki et al., 1992, New Edition of an Illustrated Encyclopedia of Japanese Ingredients, Kenpakusha. (Latin with authority names, Japanese-hiragana, Japanese-katakana , Japanese-kanji, text in Japanese).

Tanaka Tyôzaburô, 1976, Tanaka's Cyclopedia of Edible Plants of the World, Edited by Sasuke Nakao, Keigaku Publishing Co. Tokyo, Japan. (Latin with authority names, English, French, German, Hindi, Japanese-romaji).

USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Available: (20 August 1998) Taxonomic information on genus Psophocarpus, with links to more than 180 accessions ( ).

Xie Zongwa & Yu Youqin (Editors), 1996, Materia Medica, Chinese Terminology, Vol. 1, Renminweisheng Publishing House Beijing, China. (Latin with authority names and Chinese-simplified, text in Chinese).

Yamaguchi Mas, 1983, World Vegetables, Principles, Production & Nutritive Values. AVI Publishing Co. Inc. Wesport, Connecticut. U.S.A.



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