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Bambara Ground Nut


Leguminosae Voandzeia subterranea (L.) Thouars

Source: Magness et al. 1971

This species is cultivated extensively in central Africa for its underground peanut-like seeds. This plant is similar in nearly all respects to peanuts, being a prostrate annual with compound leaves consisting of 3 leaflets. The seeds are borne in roundish pods 1/2 inch or more long, which lie buried in the ground, similar to peanuts, which see. Not grown commercially in the U.S.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch