Canavalia ensiformis (L.) DC.
Family: Fabaceae
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Tracey Slotta  
Bailey 1949
Duration: Annual Nativity: Non-Native Lifeform: Vine General: Annual or perennial, to 2 m long, erect to semi-erect or strongly twining to trailing herbaceous plant. Leaves: Ovate-oblong to elliptic 5-12 cm long, acute or acuminate and mucronate, about 3 cm wide, generally leathery. Flowers: Large, papilionaceous, purple, 3-6 cm long, in pendulous axillary racemes 20-35 cm long. Fruits: Pods 20-30 cm long, 3-4 cm wide, slightly curved, ridges moderately marked with sides usually plane, seeds 10-14, about 3 cm long, 2 cm wide, compressed but plump and white. Ecology: Uncertain as to its precise distribution in Arizona, but clearly a plant of disturbed areas where escaped or cultivated. Notes: The seeds of this plant would help to clarify, as would the large leathery leaves. Ethnobotany: Unknown Etymology: Canavalia is unclear, but cana means gray or hoary, while ensiformis means having a sword-shaped form. Synonyms: None Editor: SBuckley, 2010
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Kathy M. Davis, University of Florida Herbarium  
Canavalia ensiformis image
Kathy M. Davis, University of Florida Herbarium  
Canavalia ensiformis image
Canavalia ensiformis image
Canavalia ensiformis image
Canavalia ensiformis image
Canavalia ensiformis image
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Canavalia ensiformis image
Canavalia ensiformis image
Canavalia ensiformis image
Kathy M. Davis, University of Florida Herbarium  
Canavalia ensiformis image
Kathy M. Davis, University of Florida Herbarium  
Canavalia ensiformis image
Kathy M. Davis, University of Florida Herbarium  
Canavalia ensiformis image
Canavalia ensiformis image
Canavalia ensiformis image
Canavalia ensiformis image
Canavalia ensiformis image
Canavalia ensiformis image
Canavalia ensiformis image
Canavalia ensiformis image
Canavalia ensiformis image
Kathy M. Davis, University of Florida Herbarium  
Canavalia ensiformis image
Kathy M. Davis, University of Florida Herbarium  
Canavalia ensiformis image
Kathy M. Davis, University of Florida Herbarium  
Canavalia ensiformis image