Delineating taxonomic identity of two closely related Vigna species of section Aconitifoliae: V. trilobata (L.) Verdc. and V. stipulacea (Lam.) Kuntz in India

  • Padmavati G. Gore
  • Kuldeep TripathiEmail author
  • Aditya Pratap
  • Kangila V. Bhat
  • Suraj D. Umdale
  • Veena Gupta
  • Anjula Pandey
Notes on neglected & underutilized crops


Vigna trilobata (L.) Verdc. and V. stipulacea (L.) Kuntz. of section Aconitifoliae were studied based on morphological characters to address taxonomic delineation. We have attempted to resolve the identities of these two species by studying a representative set of collections (125 accessions) across diverse eco-geographical zones of India. Agro-morphological traits were recorded for 47 descriptor states to differentiate the two species. Remarks on some additional characters not reported in earlier studies were highlighted with an aim to facilitate field identification of these taxa and use in their genetic resource management. Key diagnostic characters essential for delineating identities of these two species were presented.


Comparative characters Morphology Taxonomic delineation Vigna trilobata V. stipulacea 



We are thankful to the Director, ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi, and Dean, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi for their support and encouragement in undertaking this work. We thank the Director, ICAR-IIPR, Kanpur for facilitating field trial. Dr Anuradha Agrawal, ICAR-NBPGR, Dr M Latha and Dr Joseph John, Regional Station (RS) Thrissur and Dr Kamala Venkateswaran, RS, Hyderabad, ICAR-NBPGR are acknowledged for the help rendered by them in different ways.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest in the content of manuscript and study undertaken.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic ResourcesNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses ResearchKanpurIndia
  3. 3.Department of BotanyYashwantrao Chavan Institute of ScienceSataraIndia

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