Also called Pueraria lobata, "the plant that ate the South", "the vine that ate the South" and "the scourge of the South".  The common name "kudzu" may refer to this species, sister species Pueraria edulis and Pueraria phaseoloides, and hybrids between them.

All are part of genus Pueraria in legume / pea  family Fabaceae in order Fabales.

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Most legumes (including this species) cooperate with a bacterium that fixes atmospheric nitrogen into a form usable by plants and animals, allowing these legumes to grow in poorer soils, or have seeds and foliage higher in protein content, than non-legumes.

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