Phaseolus acutifolius [Fabaceae]

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Scientific Name Phaseolus acutifolius USDA PLANTS Symbol PHAC
Common Name Tepary Bean ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 26840
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Canyons, washes, rocky slopes, often with low brush; 4,000-6,000 ft.
Plant: Slender annual with prostrate or climbing and twining stems that are slightly hairy to smooth and 8 to 48 inches long.
Leaves: Alternate, trifoliolate leaves with linear-lanceolate to rhombic-ovate leaflets, up to 4 inches long and 1-1/2 inches wide with pointed tips.
Inflorescence: One to 4 small pink to purplish pea-like blossoms in a raceme up to 1-1/4 inches long; each blossom about 1/2 inch across on a peduncle 1/4 to 1-5/8 inches long.
Bloom Period: July to September.
Fruit: Slightly curved, narrow pod 1-5/8 to 2-3/4 inches long and less than 1/5 inch wide.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason and SEINet.
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