Invasive Species Compendium

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Canavalia ensiformis
(gotani bean)



Canavalia ensiformis (gotani bean)


  • Last modified
  • 13 November 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Invasive Species
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Canavalia ensiformis
  • Preferred Common Name
  • gotani bean
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Dicotyledonae
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Canavalia ensiformis

Preferred Common Name

  • gotani bean

Other Scientific Names

  • Canavalia ensiformis var. truncata Ricker
  • Dolichos ensiformis L.

International Common Names

  • English: jack bean; jackbean; swordbean
  • Spanish: frijol espada; haba de burro; judía sable
  • French: haricot de Madagascar; haricot sabre; pois gogane

Local Common Names

  • Brazil: feijão-de-porco
  • Germany: Jackbohne; Schwertbohne
  • Italy: canavalia

EPPO code

  • CNAEN (Canavalia ensiformis)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Dicotyledonae
  •                     Order: Fabales
  •                         Family: Fabaceae
  •                             Subfamily: Papilionoideae
  •                                 Genus: Canavalia
  •                                     Species: Canavalia ensiformis

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Continent/Country/RegionDistributionLast ReportedOriginFirst ReportedInvasiveReferenceNotes


IndiaPresentCAB Abstracts
-Tamil NaduUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts

Central America and Caribbean

Costa RicaPresent

South America

BrazilUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
-ParanaUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts

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