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Mungesa or Jangli Moong (Phaseolus trilobatus (L.) Schreb Syn. P. trilobus Ait)

Contributor: Pankaj Oudhia

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Common Indian Names:
Hindi: Mugani, Mudagparni, Mungawana, Trianguli, Mungesa, Jangli Moong.
Gujrati: Adabanmagi, Adavada, Magavala
Canarese: Kohesaru
Marathi: Ranmath , Ranwum
Saskrit: Koshila, Kurangika, Shimbi parni, Vanmudga
English Name: Wild gram

Family: Leguminosae

Botany: It is a trailing, straggling and suberect annual herb. Leaves are trifoliate, petioles 3–12 cm long, stipules peltate, ovate-oblong ciliate, leaflet, palmately trilobed, middle lobe larged and broadly spathulate, lateral oblong or more or less spathulate. Flowers are in sub-capitate, few flowered racemes, peduncles 10–23 cm long and yellow. Pod up to 5 cm long slightly curved. Seeds 6–12. Flowering time in India is Oct–Nov.

Distribution: In India it is found as wasteland and crop fields. Found in all most every part.

Useful parts: Leaves and fruit

Medicinal properties and uses: According to Ayurveda fruit is cooling, dry, bitter, aphrodisiac, astringent, styptic, anthelmintic and good for the eyes. Cures constipation, inflammations, fever, burning sensation, thirst, piles, dysentry, cough, gout, biliousness etc. Mungesa is one of the popular folk remedies in India. In many parts of India, the leaves and its decoction are used in case of fever and cough. It is also used in eye-diseases.

Besides medicinal uses, Mungesa is also a popular fodder. The paddy workers use the ripe fruit as breakfast during their field work. Stimulatory allelopathic effects of this weed on many agricultural crops viz. rice, wheat, chickpea etc have been reported.

Resource Person:
Pankaj Oudhia
Society for Parthenium Management, (SOPAM)
28-A, College Road, Geeta Nagar
Raipur- 492001 India

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