Gwilym Lewis (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)

Gwilym Lewis, Tânia Moura and Helen Hopkins, with contributions from several other international colleagues, are putting together data for a monograph of the pantropical papilionoid genus Mucuna, which currently comprises 111 species.

Flowers of species of Mucuna. Clockwise from top left: Mucuna championii (photo: Stephan Gale), M. gigantea (photo: Tim Utteridge), M. novoguineensis (photo: Tim Utteridge), M. macrocarpa (photo: Peter Wilkie).

We seek high quality photographs, line drawings and colour paintings of Mucuna inflorescences, flowers, fruits, and seeds. And photos of habit and habitat. If you have images that you would be willing to share, we would love to hear from you.

We are also compiling information on uses, common names, and published Mucuna references, so if you know of any unpublished, or otherwise difficult to access, data on the genus please get in touch with Gwilym Lewis (