- Flower namesword bean
- Scientific nameCanavalia gladiat
- Alias鉈豆, sword bean, Canavalia gladiat, natamame, 刀豆
- Place of origintropical Asia
- Place of floweringField
- Flowering seasonJuly, August, September
What is sword bean
Sword bean (Scientific Name: Canavalia gladiat) is a member of the Fabaceae family and is a vineous annual plant native to tropical Asia. It is also known as tozu, or sword bean. It was introduced to Japan in the Edo period. There are several types of sword bean.
Sword beans, the red bean (Scientific Name: Canavalia gladiata) and the white bean (Scientific Name: Canavalia gladiata f. alba) are edible and are used in Chinese medicine, tea, and in making pickles. The other varieties are highly toxic.
Common Name: Sword bean, Scientific Name: Canavalia gladiata, Aka: Nata bean, Origin: Tropical Asia, Vine length: 3 to 5 m, Leaf shape: 3 to 5 m, Leaf color: Large 3-decapitated compound leaves, Flower color: White or pink, Flower shape: Butterfly shape, Fruit shape: Fruit shape Bean fruit, Bean length: 25 cm, Capsicum: November, Use: Chinese medicine and tea.