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Arachis hypogea

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Arachis hypogaea, the peanut or groundnut, is an annual herbaceous plant in the Fabaceae (legume or bean family).
Botanical Name
Arachis hypogea
Common Name
Peanut or Groundnut
Synonyms
Arachis nambyquarae Hoehne,Lathyrus esquirolii H. Lév.
Collection Locale
India
Plant Average Height
30 to 50 cm

General Description

The peanut leaves are opposite, pinnate with four leaflets (two opposite pairs; no terminal leaflet); each leaflet is 1 to 7 cm long and 1 to 3 cm across.

The flowers are a typical pea flower in shape, 2 to 4 cm across, yellow with reddish veining. 

 

Peanuts, which are high in protein and vitamin B and E, as well as magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus, are eaten raw or boiled and roasted (and often salted) as a snack.

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