Did you know that the hairy pods of Velvet Bean produce an extreme skin itching after contact?
Velvet Bean - Mucuna pruriens
Mucuna pruriens is a tropical legume native to Africa and tropical Asia and widely naturalized and
cultivated. Its English common names include velvet bean, Bengal velvet bean, Florida velvet
bean, Mauritius velvet bean, Yokohama velvet bean, cowage, cowitch, lacuna bean, and Lyon
bean. The plant is notorious for the extreme itchiness it produces on contact, particularly with the young foliage and the seed
pods. It has value in agricultural and horticultural use and has a range of medicinal