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Vigna marina
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Vigna marina (beach bean)

Summary

  • Last modified
  • 22 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Invasive Species
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Vigna marina
  • Preferred Common Name
  • beach bean
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Dicotyledonae
  • Summary of Invasiveness
  • V. marina is a salt tolerant, yellow flowered legume with a scrambling and vining habit. It typically grows on beaches and coastal dunes from East Africa to the Pacific and also along some parts of the Atlantic...

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Vigna marina (beach bean); habit and habitat, showing flowers and leaves. Backside Lelekea Bay, Maui, Hawaii, USA. June 2012.
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CaptionVigna marina (beach bean); habit and habitat, showing flowers and leaves. Backside Lelekea Bay, Maui, Hawaii, USA. June 2012.
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Vigna marina (beach bean); habit and habitat, showing flowers and leaves. Backside Lelekea Bay, Maui, Hawaii, USA. June 2012.
HabitVigna marina (beach bean); habit and habitat, showing flowers and leaves. Backside Lelekea Bay, Maui, Hawaii, USA. June 2012.©Forest Starr & Kim Starr - CC BY 4.0
Vigna marina (beach bean); habit. Waihee Coastal Preserve, Maui, Hawaii, USA. June 2016.
TitleHabit
CaptionVigna marina (beach bean); habit. Waihee Coastal Preserve, Maui, Hawaii, USA. June 2016.
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Vigna marina (beach bean); habit. Waihee Coastal Preserve, Maui, Hawaii, USA. June 2016.
HabitVigna marina (beach bean); habit. Waihee Coastal Preserve, Maui, Hawaii, USA. June 2016.©Forest Starr & Kim Starr - CC BY 4.0
Vigna marina (beach bean); habit. Halawa Bay, Molokai, Hawaii, USA. May 2005.
TitleHabit
CaptionVigna marina (beach bean); habit. Halawa Bay, Molokai, Hawaii, USA. May 2005.
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Vigna marina (beach bean); habit. Halawa Bay, Molokai, Hawaii, USA. May 2005.
HabitVigna marina (beach bean); habit. Halawa Bay, Molokai, Hawaii, USA. May 2005.©Forest Starr & Kim Starr - CC BY 4.0
Vigna marina (beach bean); habit, on rocky coast. Alau, Maui, Hawaii, USA. April 2005.
TitleHabit
CaptionVigna marina (beach bean); habit, on rocky coast. Alau, Maui, Hawaii, USA. April 2005.
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Vigna marina (beach bean); habit, on rocky coast. Alau, Maui, Hawaii, USA. April 2005.
HabitVigna marina (beach bean); habit, on rocky coast. Alau, Maui, Hawaii, USA. April 2005.©Forest Starr & Kim Starr - CC BY 4.0
Vigna marina (beach bean); habit, showing leaves. Kipahulu Camp, Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii, USA. February 2009.
TitleHabit
CaptionVigna marina (beach bean); habit, showing leaves. Kipahulu Camp, Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii, USA. February 2009.
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Vigna marina (beach bean); habit, showing leaves. Kipahulu Camp, Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii, USA. February 2009.
HabitVigna marina (beach bean); habit, showing leaves. Kipahulu Camp, Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii, USA. February 2009.©Forest Starr & Kim Starr - CC BY 4.0
Vigna marina (beach bean); flowers and leaves. Puhilele Point, Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii, USA. April 2004.
TitleFlowers and leaves
CaptionVigna marina (beach bean); flowers and leaves. Puhilele Point, Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii, USA. April 2004.
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Vigna marina (beach bean); flowers and leaves. Puhilele Point, Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii, USA. April 2004.
Flowers and leavesVigna marina (beach bean); flowers and leaves. Puhilele Point, Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii, USA. April 2004.©Forest Starr & Kim Starr - CC BY 4.0
Vigna marina (beach bean); close-up of flower. Alau, Maui, Hawaii, USA. April 2005.
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CaptionVigna marina (beach bean); close-up of flower. Alau, Maui, Hawaii, USA. April 2005.
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Vigna marina (beach bean); close-up of flower. Alau, Maui, Hawaii, USA. April 2005.
FlowerVigna marina (beach bean); close-up of flower. Alau, Maui, Hawaii, USA. April 2005.©Forest Starr & Kim Starr - CC BY 4.0
Vigna marina (beach bean); flowers and developing seed pods. Waihee Coastal Preserve, Maui, Hawaii, USA. June 2016.
TitleFlowers
CaptionVigna marina (beach bean); flowers and developing seed pods. Waihee Coastal Preserve, Maui, Hawaii, USA. June 2016.
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Vigna marina (beach bean); flowers and developing seed pods. Waihee Coastal Preserve, Maui, Hawaii, USA. June 2016.
FlowersVigna marina (beach bean); flowers and developing seed pods. Waihee Coastal Preserve, Maui, Hawaii, USA. June 2016.©Forest Starr & Kim Starr - CC BY 4.0
Vigna marina (beach bean); flowers and seed pods. MISC HQ Piiholo, Maui, Hawaii, USA. December 2013.
TitleFlowers and seed pods
CaptionVigna marina (beach bean); flowers and seed pods. MISC HQ Piiholo, Maui, Hawaii, USA. December 2013.
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Vigna marina (beach bean); flowers and seed pods. MISC HQ Piiholo, Maui, Hawaii, USA. December 2013.
Flowers and seed podsVigna marina (beach bean); flowers and seed pods. MISC HQ Piiholo, Maui, Hawaii, USA. December 2013.©Forest Starr & Kim Starr - CC BY 4.0
Vigna marina (beach bean); mature seed pods. MISC HQ Piiholo, Maui, Hawaii, USA. December 2013.
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CaptionVigna marina (beach bean); mature seed pods. MISC HQ Piiholo, Maui, Hawaii, USA. December 2013.
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Vigna marina (beach bean); mature seed pods. MISC HQ Piiholo, Maui, Hawaii, USA. December 2013.
Seed podsVigna marina (beach bean); mature seed pods. MISC HQ Piiholo, Maui, Hawaii, USA. December 2013.©Forest Starr & Kim Starr - CC BY 4.0
Vigna marina (beach bean); mature seed pods and two seeds in hand. MISC HQ Piiholo, Maui, Hawaii, USA. December 2013.
TitleSeed pods
CaptionVigna marina (beach bean); mature seed pods and two seeds in hand. MISC HQ Piiholo, Maui, Hawaii, USA. December 2013.
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Vigna marina (beach bean); mature seed pods and two seeds in hand. MISC HQ Piiholo, Maui, Hawaii, USA. December 2013.
Seed podsVigna marina (beach bean); mature seed pods and two seeds in hand. MISC HQ Piiholo, Maui, Hawaii, USA. December 2013.©Forest Starr & Kim Starr - CC BY 4.0
Vigna marina (beach bean); seedling. Kanaha Beach, Maui, Hawaii, USA. March 2004.
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CaptionVigna marina (beach bean); seedling. Kanaha Beach, Maui, Hawaii, USA. March 2004.
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Vigna marina (beach bean); seedling. Kanaha Beach, Maui, Hawaii, USA. March 2004.
SeedlingVigna marina (beach bean); seedling. Kanaha Beach, Maui, Hawaii, USA. March 2004.©Forest Starr & Kim Starr - CC BY 4.0

Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Vigna marina (Burm.) Merr.

Preferred Common Name

  • beach bean

Other Scientific Names

  • Dolichos luteus Sw.
  • Phaseolus marinus Burm.
  • Phaseolus obovatus Gagnep.
  • Scytalis anomala E.Mey.
  • Scytalis retusa E.Mey.
  • Vigna anomala Walp.
  • Vigna lutea (Sw.) A.Gray
  • Vigna repens var. lutea (Sw.) Kuntze
  • Vigna retusa (E.Mey.) Walp.

International Common Names

  • English: dune bean; field bean; notched cowpea; sea bean; shore bean
  • French: haricot du bord de mer; liane ronde
  • Chinese: bin jiang dou
  • Portuguese: batatarana

Local Common Names

  • Cook Islands: po‘ue
  • Fiji: drautolu; tokatolu; wavue
  • French Polynesia: pipi tatahi; tutu faroa
  • Guam: akangkang malolusa; akangkang manulasa
  • Japan: hama-azuki; hama-sasage
  • Micronesia, Federated states of: choochón; golu; holu; lakudalip; makederip; markinenjojo; olu; oolu; tehsiluh; topo; ulu; wénúka; wolu; wonuw; wooluuw
  • Niue: feseka tahi; pine lautolo
  • Seychelles: pois marron
  • Sri Lanka: karal li-me; kodippayaru
  • USA/Hawaii: lemuomakili; mohihihi; nanea; nenea; okolemakili; puhili; puhilihili; pulihilihi; wahine omao

Summary of Invasiveness

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V. marina is a salt tolerant, yellow flowered legume with a scrambling and vining habit. It typically grows on beaches and coastal dunes from East Africa to the Pacific and also along some parts of the Atlantic and Caribbean shores. It is regarded as native throughout its range and there are few instances were records indicated an intentional or accidental human mediated introduction. It is possible for V. marina to form dense stands along shorelines and its sprawling growth may occupy space preventing the establishment of other native plant species. In Tuvalu, it is associated with a number of plantations where it may interfere with the establishment of Cocos nucifera (coconut) and Artocarpus altilis (breadfruit). Reports associated with the invasiveness of this species are infrequent and V. marina is considered only a minor invasive. This species is commonly used as a sand-stabiliser and cover crop.

Taxonomic Tree

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

Notes on Taxonomy and Nomenclature

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The genus Vigna contains more than 100 species distributed in tropical regions around the world (Delin and Thulin, 2010). V. marina belongs to the Fabaceae (pea) family. The name Vigna comes from Dominico Vigna, an Italian botanist. The specific epithet marina comes from the Latin word marinus, meaning of the seaside, in reference to its habitat (Some Magnetic Islands Plants, 2016).

A recent study of the Vigna groups shows that the V. luteola clade (closely related to V. marina) has an African origin (Delgado-Salinas et al., 2011). Earlier studies suggested that V. marina could perhaps be merged with V. luteola because some Pacific specimens of V. luteola shared alleles with V. marina (Pasquet and Vanderborght, 1999). However, the argument can be made that the three closely related species, V. marina, V. oblongifolia and V. luteola are reasonably distinct following the phylogeny presented by Pasquet and Vanderborght (1999). Certainly the names are still in use and they can be distinguished from each other using available keys (e.g., Wu and Thulin, 2010).

The basionym for V. marina (Burm.) Merr. is Phaseolus marinus Burm. No subspecific designations of V. marina have been accepted. For example, V. marina subsp. oblonga sensu Padulosi is a synonym of V. luteola (Jacq.) Benth. (ILDIS, 2014). Although some authors continue to use the varietal name in publications (e.g., Chankaew et al., 2013). V. marina, is morphologically similar and has been called a segregate species of V. luteola (Delgado-Salinas et al., 2011). Although the former article was phylogenetic it did not in fact include DNA data from V. marina. A variety of other synonyms have been applied to this taxon. Some confusion exists over the name applied in the Flora of Panama, with V. luteola being applied despite the authors claiming that V. marina is probably the correct name (Woodson et al., 1980). Later authors use the V. marina name (Acevedo-Rodríguez and Strong, 2012). Their rationale is that the type specimen for the basionym Phaseolus marinus Burmann (which is a drawing) better represents the taxon in Panama. The description given for the Flora of Panama potentially encompasses both V. luteola and V. marina.

Description

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The following description is taken from Wagner et al. (1999).

Habit: somewhat succulent creeping or climbing perennial herbs up to several metres long, becoming woody toward base, sparsely to densely pubescent. Leaves: leaflets rhombic elliptic to broadly rhombic ovate or obovate, 3.5-10.5 cm long, 2.5-8.8 cm wide, sparsely appressed pilose, soon glabrate, apex rounded to emarginate, stipules peltate. Flowers: flowers slightly waxy, in racemes 6.3-14 cm long, peduncles 4.3-10.5 cm long, pedicels 4.5-6 mm long; calyx green, tinged reddish, upper 2 lobes completely connate, forming an entire upper lip 1.8-2 mm long, lateral lobes deltate, ca. 1.5 mm long, lowest tooth deltate, ca. 2 mm long, glabrous; corolla green in bud, bright yellow at anthesis, 12-19 mm long, standard very broadly obcordate, reflexed, keel not beaked, incurved ca. 1/2 turn or less; style bearded below the stigma along the inner edge. Fruit: pods linear oblong, inflated, slightly curved, 35-60 mm long, 8-9 mm wide, glabrous, slightly constricted between the seeds.

Seeds: seeds 2-10, yellowish brown to reddish brown, reniform or broadly ellipsoid, 6-7 mm long, 4.5-6 mm wide, slightly compressed, hilum oblong, rim aril scarcely developed.

Plant Type

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Herbaceous
Perennial
Seed propagated

Distribution

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V. marina belongs to a clade of plants with an African origin (Delgado-Salinas et al., 2011). This species is salt tolerant and found on numerous tropical beaches around the world (GBIF, 2016) from East Africa to the Pacific and also some parts of the Atlantic and the Caribbean. It rarely poses a problem. It was mentioned as a problem in Kiribati (Space and Imada, 2004) in the central Pacific Ocean and as a native invader in Chuuk an Island in Micronesia (Space et al., 2000).

Some confusion exists over the name applied in the Flora of Panama, with V. luteola being applied despite the authors claiming that V. marina is probably the correct name (Woodson et al., 1980). Later authors use the name V. marina (Acevedo-Rodríguez and Strong, 2012). Their rationale is that the type specimen for the basionym Phaseolus marinus Burmann (which is a drawing) better represents the taxon in Panama. The description given for the Flora of Panama potentially encompasses both V. luteola and V. marina.

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.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes

Africa

BeninPresentNativeGenesys (2015)
Congo, Democratic Republic of thePresentNativeGenesys (2015)
Equatorial GuineaPresentNativeGenesys (2015)
GabonPresentNativeGenesys (2015)
GhanaPresentNativeGBIF (2014)
GuineaPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
LiberiaPresentNativeGBIF (2014)
MadagascarPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
MauritiusPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
RéunionPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
São Tomé and PríncipePresentNativeILDIS (2014)
SeychellesPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
-Aldabra IslandsPresentNativeRobertson (1989)
South AfricaPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
TanzaniaPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
-Zanzibar IslandPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
TogoPresentNativeGBIF (2014)

Asia

BangladeshPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
British Indian Ocean Territory
-Chagos ArchipelagoPresent, WidespreadNativeBarnett and Emms (1998)Possibly introduced to Diego Garcia Island
ChinaPresentCABI (Undated a)Present based on regional distribution.
-HainanPresent, WidespreadNativeWu and Thulin (2010)
Cocos IslandsPresent, WidespreadNativeCouncil of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (2013)
IndiaPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
-Andaman and Nicobar IslandsPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
-KeralaPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
-OdishaPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
IndonesiaPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
-Irian JayaPresent, WidespreadNativeILDIS (2014)
-Maluku IslandsPresent, WidespreadNativeILDIS (2014)
-SulawesiPresent, WidespreadNativeILDIS (2014)
-SumatraPresent, WidespreadNativeILDIS (2014)
JapanPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
-KyushuPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2016)
-Ryukyu IslandsPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2016)
MalaysiaPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
-Peninsular MalaysiaPresentILDIS (2014)
-SabahPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
-SarawakPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
MaldivesPresentNativeTopp (1988)Plants from Ile du Coin, Peros Banhos were introduced to Diego Garcia Island in 1985
PhilippinesPresentNativeGBIF (2014)
SingaporePresent, Only in captivity/cultivationNativeChong et al. (2009)
Sri LankaPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
TaiwanPresentNativeBoufford et al. (2003); Lee TsaiMing (2005)
ThailandPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
VietnamPresentNativeILDIS (2014)

Europe

SpainPresentNativeGBIF (2014)

North America

Costa RicaPresentNativeGBIF (2014)
CubaPresentNativeAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
GuatemalaPresentNativeGBIF (2014)
JamaicaPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2016)
PanamaPresentNativeWoodson and Schery (1980); Acevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
Puerto RicoPresentNativeAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
United StatesPresentCABI (Undated a)Present based on regional distribution.
-HawaiiPresent, WidespreadNativeWagner et al. (1999); Imada (2012)

Oceania

American SamoaPresent, WidespreadNativeWhistler (1992); Whistler (1994)Common on the littoral strand, occasional inland on roadsides to 300 m
AustraliaPresentNativeCouncil of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (2013); ILDIS (2014)
-New South WalesPresent, WidespreadNativeCouncil of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (2013)
-Northern TerritoryPresent, WidespreadNativeCouncil of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (2013)
-QueenslandPresent, WidespreadNativeCouncil of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (2013)
Cook IslandsPresent, WidespreadNativeInvasiveBishop Museum (2013)A common and widespread vine. A minor problem in waste and fallow areas, especially when establishing crops
Federated States of MicronesiaPresent, WidespreadNativeWagner et al. (2014); NYBG (2016); CABI (Undated)
FijiPresentNativeSmith (1991); ILDIS (2014)
French PolynesiaPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
GuamPresent, WidespreadNativeStone (1971)
KiribatiPresentIntroducedWaterhouse (1997); Space and Imada (2004)Can exhibit aggressive behaviour
Marshall IslandsPresent, WidespreadNativeWagner et al. (2014); NYBG (2016)
NauruPresent, WidespreadNativeKatayama (1980); Wagner et al. (2014)
New CaledoniaPresentNativeGenesys (2015)
NiuePresentNativeSykes (1970)
Norfolk IslandPresent, WidespreadNativeCouncil of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (2013)
PalauPresent, WidespreadNativeNYBG (2016)
Papua New GuineaPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
SamoaPresentNativeSwezey (1942)
Solomon IslandsPresentNativeILDIS (2014)
Timor-LestePresentNativeILDIS (2014)
TongaPresentNativeYuncker (1953)
TuvaluPresent, WidespreadNativeAregheore (2002)One of the main grazing sources for goats
United States Minor Outlying Islands
-Johnston AtollPresent, WidespreadNativeThomas et al. (1978)Present on Akau, Johnston and Sand Original
VanuatuPresentNativeMueller-Dombois and Fosberg (1998); Genesys (2015)

South America

BrazilPresentCABI (Undated a)Present based on regional distribution.
-BahiaPresentNativeMissouri Botanical Garden (2013)
ColombiaPresentNativeGBIF (2014)

History of Introduction and Spread

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V. marina has few documented instances of its intentional introduction to new sites, but it has been recorded as introduced into Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands (Fosberg, 1988; Barnett and Emms, 1998) and Diego Garcia Island (Topp, 1988).

Risk of Introduction

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The risk of V. marina being introduced into new areas is low. This species is rarely planted intentionally and usually establishes via ocean assisted seed dispersal, establishing at the high-water mark and spreading from there (Nakanishi, 1988). It is possible that V. marina already is one of the most widespread tropical plants and although viable seeds do reach cooler climes, they cannot establish (Smith, 1991).

Habitat

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V. marina is salt tolerant and occupies sandy seashores, frontal dunes and beach ridges in tropical areas of the world. This species however, is not especially tolerant of dry sites and is generally associated with the wetter windward sites on islands where rainfall is adequate (Forest Starr, Starr Environmental, personal communication, 2014). It is considered a facultative wetland plant in Hawaii but contrary information is given for the Caribbean where it is considered an obligate “upland” plant which implies that it is not usually found in wetlands (USDA-NRCS, 2013). This species is also seen spreading on lava on windward sites in the tropical Pacific. It will also move in estuarine habitats or spread up rivers as far as the influence of the tide can carry its seeds. Where coastal ponds are near the coast plants can establish around them. This species rarely occurs above 120 m above sea level (GBIF, 2016).

Habitat List

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CategorySub-CategoryHabitatPresenceStatus
Terrestrial
 
Terrestrial – ManagedCultivated / agricultural land Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Cultivated / agricultural land Present, no further details Natural
Cultivated / agricultural land Present, no further details Productive/non-natural
Managed grasslands (grazing systems) Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Managed grasslands (grazing systems) Present, no further details Natural
Managed grasslands (grazing systems) Present, no further details Productive/non-natural
Industrial / intensive livestock production systems Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Industrial / intensive livestock production systems Present, no further details Natural
Industrial / intensive livestock production systems Present, no further details Productive/non-natural
Disturbed areas Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Disturbed areas Present, no further details Natural
Disturbed areas Present, no further details Productive/non-natural
Urban / peri-urban areas Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Urban / peri-urban areas Present, no further details Natural
Urban / peri-urban areas Present, no further details Productive/non-natural
Littoral
Coastal areas Principal habitat Harmful (pest or invasive)
Coastal areas Principal habitat Natural
Coastal areas Principal habitat Productive/non-natural
Coastal dunes Principal habitat Harmful (pest or invasive)
Coastal dunes Principal habitat Natural
Coastal dunes Principal habitat Productive/non-natural
Freshwater
Irrigation channels Principal habitat Harmful (pest or invasive)
Irrigation channels Principal habitat Natural
Irrigation channels Principal habitat Productive/non-natural

Host Plants and Other Plants Affected

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Plant nameFamilyContext
Artocarpus altilis (breadfruit)MoraceaeMain
Cocos nucifera (coconut)ArecaceaeMain

Biology and Ecology

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Genetics

V. marina has a chromosome number of 2n=22 (Maréchal et al., 1978). It has been reported that it can from fertile hybrids with the closely related species V. luteola.

Reproductive Biology

V. marina reproduces by producing seeds and based on flower colour and shape, this short-lived perennial is likely to be pollinated by bees. However, it is capable of self-pollination (Chankaew et al., 2013). Seeds are produced in non-shattering pods and disperse on ocean currents; the seeds can withstand salt water (Smith, 1991; Chankaew et al., 2013). Germination of seeds is improved by chemical and mechanical scarification (Lilleeng-Rosenberger, 2006).

Physiology and Phenology

The plant is a halophile (salt tolerant) (Chankaew et al., 2013). It can produce flowers and fruit all year round (Useful Tropical Plants, 2016).

Longevity

V. marina is a short lived plant (living less than five years) (Staples et al., 2005).

Associations

V. marina is a legume and as such can fix nitrogen from the air using bacteria present in root nodules. This converts atmospheric nitrogen into a form which is useable by plants (Elanchezhian et al., 2009).

Environmental Requirements

V. marina requires annual rainfall of at last 500 mm and is sensitive to frost (Useful Tropical Plants, 2016). It is salt tolerant and can grow in poorly drained soils. As such, it naturally grows at sea level on sea shores, coastal lagoons and river mouths.

Climate

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ClimateStatusDescriptionRemark
A - Tropical/Megathermal climate Preferred Average temp. of coolest month > 18°C, > 1500mm precipitation annually
Af - Tropical rainforest climate Preferred > 60mm precipitation per month
Am - Tropical monsoon climate Preferred Tropical monsoon climate ( < 60mm precipitation driest month but > (100 - [total annual precipitation(mm}/25]))
Aw - Tropical wet and dry savanna climate Preferred < 60mm precipitation driest month (in winter) and < (100 - [total annual precipitation{mm}/25])
Cf - Warm temperate climate, wet all year Preferred Warm average temp. > 10°C, Cold average temp. > 0°C, wet all year
Cs - Warm temperate climate with dry summer Preferred Warm average temp. > 10°C, Cold average temp. > 0°C, dry summers
Cw - Warm temperate climate with dry winter Preferred Warm temperate climate with dry winter (Warm average temp. > 10°C, Cold average temp. > 0°C, dry winters)
Ds - Continental climate with dry summer Preferred Continental climate with dry summer (Warm average temp. > 10°C, coldest month < 0°C, dry summers)

Soil Tolerances

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Soil drainage

  • free
  • impeded
  • seasonally waterlogged

Soil reaction

  • alkaline

Soil texture

  • heavy
  • light
  • medium

Special soil tolerances

  • infertile
  • saline

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Alfalfa mosaic virus Pathogen Deng et al., 2010
Aphelenchoides bicaudatus Herbivore Plant Protection Service, 2014
Aphis craccivora Herbivore Stems not specific APHIS, 1960
Beet western yellows virus Pathogen Deng et al., 2010
Cercospora canescens Pathogen not specific Plant Protection Service, 2014
Colletotrichum capsici Pathogen Leaves not specific Plant Protection Service, 2014
Colletotrichum dematium Pathogen not specific Plant Protection Service, 2014
Colletotrichum truncatum Pathogen not specific Plant Protection Service, 2014
Corynespora cassiicola Pathogen Plant Protection Service, 2014
Cucumber mosaic virus Pathogen Deng et al., 2010
Erysiphe betae Pathogen not specific Plant Protection Service, 2014
Euchrysops cnejus Herbivore Leaves not specific Plant Protection Service, 2014
Helicotylenchus sp. Herbivore not specific Plant Protection Service, 2014
Hemicriconemoides cocophillus Herbivore not specific Plant Protection Service, 2014
Lampides boeticus Herbivore Leaves not specific
Meloidogyne incognita Herbivore Plant Protection Service, 2014
Mycosphaerella cruenta Pathogen Leaves not specific Plant Protection Service, 2014
Oidium Pathogen Plant Protection Service, 2014
Ophiomyia phaseoli Herbivore Stems not specific
Potyvirus bean common mosaic virus Pathogen not specific Deng et al., 2010
Pratylenchus brachyurus Herbivore Plant Protection Service, 2014
Rhizoctonia Pathogen not specific Plant Protection Service, 2014
Rotylenchulus reniformis Herbivore Plant Protection Service, 2014
Septoria Pathogen Plant Protection Service, 2014
Uromyces appendiculatus Pathogen not specific Plant Protection Service, 2014
Uromyces vignae Pathogen Leaves not specific Plant Protection Service, 2014
Xiphinema brevicollum Herbivore Plant Protection Service, 2014

Notes on Natural Enemies

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A number of pests have been recorded on V. marina in the Pacific Islands. These include fungi (Cercospora canescens, Colletotrichum capsici, Colletotrichum dematium, Colletotrichum truncatum, Corynespora cassiicola, Erysiphe betae, Mycosphaerella cruenta, Oidium sp., Rhizoctonia sp. Septoria sp., Uromyces vignae and Uromyces appendiculatus) nematodes (Aphelenchoides bicaudatus, Helicotylenchus sp., Hemicriconemoides cocophillus, Meloidogyne incognita, Pratylenchus brachyurus, Rotylenchulus reniformis and Xiphinema brevicolle [Xiphinema brevicollum]) and a virus (Potyvirus bean common mosaic virus) (Plant Protection Service, 2014). Other viruses of P. marina include alfalfa mosaic virus, beet western yellows virus and cucumber mosaic virus (Deng et al., 2010).

Legume eating caterpillars such as Euchrysops cnejus and Lampides boeticus are also known to eat the leaves of V. marina (Encyclopedia of Life, 2013) and an aphid, Aphis craccivora has also been recorded (APHIS, 1960s). Bean flies, Ophiomyia phaseoli may also be devastating to the seedlings and damaging to mature plants (Culliney and Koebele, 1999).

Means of Movement and Dispersal

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Natural Dispersal

Seeds of V. marina are dispersed by water which is further assisted by inflated pods that float on water (Smith, 1991; Padulosi and Ng, 1993).

Intentional Introduction

V. marina has been introduced and cultivated on Diego Garcia (where it is established) and Bikini atolls (Fosberg, 1988; Barnett and Emms, 1998). It is likely that it has been introduced into more locations without it being documented.

Pathway Causes

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CauseNotesLong DistanceLocalReferences
Flooding and other natural disasters Yes Yes Padulosi and Ng, 1993
Medicinal useSeveral medicinal uses are documented in Micronesia and elsewhere in the Pacific Yes Yes NYBG, 2016
People foragingPossible use of roots for food by aboriginals Yes ILDIS, 2014
ResearchAs a source of salt tolerance genes Yes Yes Genesys, 2015

Pathway Vectors

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VectorNotesLong DistanceLocalReferences
Water Yes Yes Padulosi and Ng, 1993

Impact Summary

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CategoryImpact
Economic/livelihood Positive and negative
Environment (generally) Positive and negative
Human health Positive

Economic Impact

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V. marina is regarded as a nuisance weed in the Pacific (Plant Protection Service, 2014) but often not considered to be a major weed. In Tuvalu, growers of Cocos nucifera (coconut) and Artocarpus altilis (breadfruit) may spend time controlling this plant (Waterhouse, 1997) and it is sometimes a problem in cultivated areas. The economic impact of V. marina is unknown but believed to be low.

Environmental Impact

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V. marina is considered a native species practically everywhere it occurs and therefore is described as weedy only within its native range. It has been reported to form dense stands (Some Magnetic Island Plants, 2016) where it can compete with neighbouring plants and crops by growing over them, or by sprawling to occupy space thereby preventing establishment.

However, as a halophyte, V. marina fixes nitrogen into the soil making it available for other plant species. It also acts as a cover crop and dune stabiliser (Barr and McKenzie, 1977; Deenik, 2003; Finney and Laukon, 1993; Thomson et al., 2006).

Social Impact

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V. marina can be seen encroaching on lawns in coastal properties in Hawaii.

Risk and Impact Factors

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  • Invasive in its native range
  • Has a broad native range
  • Abundant in its native range
  • Pioneering in disturbed areas
Impact outcomes
  • Modification of successional patterns
  • Monoculture formation
  • Negatively impacts agriculture
  • Negatively impacts cultural/traditional practices
  • Negatively impacts livelihoods
Impact mechanisms
  • Competition - monopolizing resources
  • Competition - shading
  • Competition - smothering

Uses

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Economic Value

V. marina may be used as forage for goats. However, the economic value of this is unknown and likely to be low.

Social Benefit

Various medicinal and ceremonial uses are documented for V. marina (Thaman, 1994; NYBG, 2014). For example, it may be used to treat boils, taboo violation, arthritis, stomach ailments, eye sickness (in chickens) and skin burns as well as for floral garlands (NYBG, 2014).

V. marina could be a potential source of salt tolerance genes which could provide a means to transfer salt tolerance to other closely related bean species (Chankaew et al., 2013). It could also be a source of drought tolerance for cowpeas (USDA-ARS, 2016).

Environmental Services

V. marina may be planted as a sand binder and ground cover species (Barr and McKenzie, 1977; Whistler, 1992b; Finney and Laukon, 1993; Aregheore, 2002; Deenik, 2003; Thomson et al., 2006). It may also be introduced to increase nitrogen levels in the soil (Useful Tropical Plants, 2016).

Uses List

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Animal feed, fodder, forage

  • Fodder/animal feed

Environmental

  • Erosion control or dune stabilization
  • Soil conservation
  • Soil improvement

General

  • Ritual uses

Genetic importance

  • Gene source for drought resistance
  • Gene source for salt tolerance

Materials

  • Fertilizer

Medicinal, pharmaceutical

  • Source of medicine/pharmaceutical

Ornamental

  • Propagation material

Similarities to Other Species/Conditions

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V. marina is similar to the closely related V. luteola. It may be distinguished from this species by the rounded or obtuse leaf apexes and the glabrous legumes when ripe, while V. luteola has acute leaf tips and a pubescent legume (Wu and Thulin, 2010). Note V. marina subsp. oblonga sensu Padulosi is a synonym of V. luteola (Jacq.) Benth. (ILDIS, 2014). The two species also differ in the habitat they occupy; V. marina is present along seashores whereas V. luteola is present along freshwater shores (Padulois and Ng, 1992).

Prevention and Control

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Due to the variable regulations around (de)registration of pesticides, your national list of registered pesticides or relevant authority should be consulted to determine which products are legally allowed for use in your country when considering chemical control. Pesticides should always be used in a lawful manner, consistent with the product's label.

Control

Physical/mechanical control

Physical removal of seedlings of V. marina is effective.

Chemical Control

There is no information on the control of V. marina using chemicals. However other species of Vigna have been partially controlled by the herbicide EPTC (Soltani et al., 2005). Halosulfuron-methyl did not have a major impact on V. unguiculata (Brandenberger et al., 2012) whilst dimethazone had an impact on the development of chloroplasts (Duke and Kenyon, 1986). Application of mixtures of metolachlor and terbutryn were seen to reduce vigour in V. unguiculata by reducing canopy spread and lowering seed yield (Ishaya et al., 2008).

Gaps in Knowledge/Research Needs

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Genetic studies of the spread of V. marina could help to reconstruct the path of its spread and connectivity between island populations, in some cases this could lead to conclusions about whether the species was introduced intentionally or by natural means (Estoup and Guillemaud, 2010).

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09/06/2014 Original text by:

Christopher E. Buddenhagen, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida State University, Florida, USA

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