Odd square bean - really p. vulgaris?

bella_trix(z6b SE PA)September 28, 2008

I grew Afrikanische Rote beans from SSE for the first time this year. They have a really unique shape. I've never seen a bean that was square (well, really a parrallelogram). It got me wondering if the species was correct. Has anyone every seen a another pole bean this shape? It looks closer to a crowder pea (in the pod, too), but it grows like a regular pole bean, so I'm pretty sure it's not. It's from Africa and used for intercropping with corn. I grew it this way and it worked very well.

Pretty, isn't it? My cat thinks it looks and sounds like a piece of dried cat food (which he's not allowed to have anymore) and pulling out the beans. I keep yelling "bean!" at him, but he doesn't get it.


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Looks like the type we use to call cutshorts.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2008 at 8:33AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
bella_trix(z6b SE PA)

Ah-ha! I've never grown cutshorts before. The beans certainly do look the same. Now I wish I could remember whether the pods were greasy or not. Looks like I will be isolating them next year to save seed.


    Bookmark   September 28, 2008 at 12:54PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Margaret Best Greasy Cut Short
These took 66 days to the first picking. I planted...
Catjang/Brow Bean
I saw an interesting Vigna offered on eBay the other...
nightbloomincereus 7A noVA
The Mayocoba Bean story
Have you heard of the controversy that evidently went...
where to find Hilda/Helda romano pole beans?
Two yeas ago health problems interfered with getting...
Purple king beans
Hi I've grown runner beans before and found they do...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™