Erect, annual herb branching
at the base, clothed with spreading brownish hairs. Leaves are
long-petioled, compound, with three leaflets that are ovate and
entire, broad based with pointed tips, 8 tto 15 cm long, the
lateral ones inequilateral. The flowers are yellow, about 1 cm
long, arranged near the end of the short stalks. THe pods are
linear, hairy, spreading, 6 to 8 cm long, about 8-10 mm wide.
The seeds are 4-6 mm in length.
Seeds are high in carbohydrate (>45%)
and protein (>21%); fair source of calcium, iron, vitamins A and
B. deficient in vitamin C.
Sprouts are a good source of vitamin B.
Seeds are tonic and aperient.
Cultivated throughout the Philippines.
Extensively used in Philippine
cuisine, in salads or boiled, in soups or stews.
Decoction of seeds as diuretic.
The seeds, boiled or raw, used in poultices.
Roots are thought to be narcotic, used for bone pains.
Seeds, internally and externally, used for rheumatism and a variety
of nervous system ailments.
The seeds are used for hemorrhoids and liver afflictions.
Powdered beans used to promote suppuration.
Seeds used in anorexia.
Wild and cultivated.