Mucuna sp.

Mucuna sp

Family: Fabaceae

This is a vine from the Mucuna family. This is the same family as the highly desirable ornamental Jade Vine and the imported Black Jade Vine. It is growing on a tree by the old cement bridge.

I asked for a confirmation of the ID from the plant experts at Co’s Digital Flora of the Philippines. I was told that I would need detailed photos of the flowers leaves to confirm the ID. I think this is most likely Mucuna pruriens, a common plant cultivated to use as animal feed and herbal medicine. The pods of Mucuna pruriens have long, stinging hairs that are extremely itchy when touched.