Sunday, May 01, 2011

thicket bean

Here is the vine Phaseolus polystachios of the family fabaceae:

This was taken at Mule Jail on July 19, 2007.  This plant is native to the lower United States.  This plant carries the name wild kidney bean and is listed as special concern to the state of Connecticut.  From the USDA site, there seems to be a variant of P. polystachios that is specific to the Bible belt states.  The exact distinguishing features that differentiates these variants in unknown to me.

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