3901.000 Phaseolus L.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001) Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5)

Description of the genus

Herbs or subshrubs, erect, prostrate or climbing. Leaves pinnately 3-foliolate, rarely 1-foliolate; stipules persistent, striate; stipels present. Inflorescences axillary, falsely racemose, the flowers in fascicles along the rhachis which is swollen at the insertion of the pedicels; bracts and bracteoles present, deciduous or ± persistent. Flowers usually fairly small, yellow, white, scarlet or purple; calyx 5-lobed, 2-lipped; upper lip emarginate, bifid; lower lip 3-lobed; standard rounded, auriculate, often considerably reflexed; keel often narrow, elongated, the apex beaked and forming a spiral of 1–5 complete turns. Ovary oblong to linear, 2–many-ovuled. Fruit a pod, linear or oblong, sometimes falcate, compressed or subcylindric, sometimes beaked, filled between the seeds. Seeds 3–many, oblong or reniform; hilum oblong.

Zambia: 2 cultivated taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Coeliades pisistratus (Two-pip policeman)
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lunatus L.
vulgaris L.

Other sources of information about Phaseolus:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: cultivated Phaseolus
Flora of Zambia: Phaseolus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Phaseolus
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Phaseolus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Phaseolus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Phaseolus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Phaseolus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Phaseolus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Phaseolus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Phaseolus
JSTOR Plant Science: Phaseolus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Phaseolus
Plants of the World Online: Phaseolus
Tropicos: Phaseolus
Wikipedia: Phaseolus

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Cultivated plants: genus page: Phaseolus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/cult/genus.php?genus_id=774, retrieved 11 December 2023

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