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Author: Rudolf Wilczek, 1954
Origin:  Congo, Tanzania, Zambia, Za´re
Soil:  Mix - Rich
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  14 Centimetres
Height:  50 Centimetres
Flower:  Purple / Greenish
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Dolichos bianoensis subsp. orientalis, Verdc.

This member of the Fabaceae family was given this name by Rudolf Wilczek in 1954. It is found in grassland and swamps of Congo, Tanzania, Za´re and  Zambia, growing in a well drained soil or even swamp with lots of water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 14 centimetres, while the annual stems reach 50 centimetres height. The flowers are purple with a greenish outside, the immature fruits slightly pubescent.

The genera name means 'long' after the fruits. The species name 'two yearly'.

The subspecies; Dolichos bianoensis subsp. orientalis are only found in Congo. It has relatively shorter and broader acuminate leaflets.