- A taxonomic species within the family Fabaceae – the velvet bean, a legume, native to Africa and tropical Asia, used as a food and forage source, as a toxin, and for medicinal purposes, the seed pods of which have a dense covering of bristles that cause skin irritation when touched..
- (species): Fabaceae - family; Faboideae - subfamily; Phaseoleae - tribe; Erythrininae - subtribe; Mucuna - genus
- (species): Mucuna pruriens var. hirsuta, Mucuna pruriens var. pruriens, Mucuna pruriens var. sericophylla, Mucuna pruriens var. utilis - varieties