"Sword Bean" and variants redirect here. This term is also used for other legumes, notably the Common Jack-bean.

Canavalia gladiata, usually called sword bean, is a domesticated plant species in the legume (Fabaceae). The legume is a used as a vegetable in interiors of central and south central India, though not commercially farmed. In Telugu it is called chamma kaya also called Tammi kaya. In Tamil it is called valavaraik-kay or valavaran-gai which means, the vegetable that looks like a sword. In Khmer, it is called sânndaèk triës (សណ្តែកទ្រៀស).[1] The fruits are eaten as a vegetable in Africa and Asia.[2]

Sword bean
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Scientific classification
C. gladiata
Binomial name
Canavalia gladiata


  1. ^ Dy Phon, Pauline, Dictionary of Plants used in Cambodia, Phnom Penh: 2000, Imprimerie Olympic Hor Thim, p. 128.
  2. ^ Grubben, G.J.H. & Denton, O.A. (2004) Plant Resources of Tropical Africa 2. Vegetables. PROTA Foundation, Wageningen; Backhuys, Leiden; CTA, Wageningen.

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