Phaseolus acutifolius

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Phaseolus acutifolius, Gray, var. latifolius, G. F. Freeman. Tepary. Fig. 2891. Annual, erect on poor or dry land, under more favorable growth - conditions sts. recumbent, spreading or twining, 1 1/2 -9 ft. long, glabrous to puberulent: lvs. smooth above with slightly prominent veins beneath, glabrous throughout or slightly puberulent below; lfts. entire, ovate to broadly lanceolate, 3/5 -2 in. wide (average width 1 1/2 in.), acuminate, stipel- late; stipules lanceolate, -fam. long, striate, appressed; petioles slender, 1-4 in. long: peduncles shorter than the lvs., 2-5-fld.; bracts small, deciduous: fls. medium-sized, pedicellate, white or pale violet, few at the end of an axillary peduncle which is usually shorter than the Ivs. ; calyx short, broadly campanu- late, 4-toothed (the upper 2 lobes united into 1), teeth acuminate; banner broad, emarginate, in II. more than half reflexed, at the base biauriculate, 1/3-2/5in. long: pod flattened and coriaceous when young, when mature papery, 2-7-seeded, 2-3 1/2 in. long, 1/3- 2/5. broad, straight or slightly curved, with prominent beak; seeds white, yellow, brown, or bluish black, either self-colored or variously flecked, round-oval to nearly round as is the navy, to strongly flattened like a diminutive lima; average weight .10-.20 gram. S.W. U. S. and Mex.—Cult, by the Indians and Mexicans of the southwestern desert region. Recently intro. by the Arizona Agric. Exp. Sta. as a very promising drought- resistant dry shell bean for hot semi-arid regions. See Bean, Tepary, p. 462; also Ariz. Agrie. Exp. Sta. Bull. No. 68 (1912). CH

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