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  Peanut Plant

 

Thailand

The Peanut Plant, known in Thai as ton thua lisong, bears its edible seeds under the earth, which is reflected in its botanical name Arachis hypogaea, as hypogaea means under the earth’. The peanut is hence also known as groundnut, a name that in Thai translates as thua din and which is used as a synonym.

 

Its bright yellow flowers are very similar to those of the Wild Peanut Flower (fig.), a kind of ornamental grass with similar but more rounded leaves and which produces no peanuts.

 

  Peanut Plant