(Matki, Mat Bean, Mother Bean) Indigenous to India, and highly drought resistant. The sprawling mat-forming plants do well in very hot weather (to 100-120 deg. F) and protect the soil. Small pods 1-2 “ long,1/2” wide contain 4-8 /tiny beans. In India the young pods are a vegetable and the dry beans are used like lentils as “dal”. Very high protein at 22-24%. It alone did well in drought-stricken north Kenya. In California trials as a green manure it smothered all weeds except milkweed.
Photos courtesy of:
The Arid Land Homesteaders League_Pioneering The Modern Urban World- http://plantfreak.wordpress.com
Glen Beech--Australian New Crops website-http://www.newcrops.uq.edu.au