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Odd square bean - really p. vulgaris?

Posted by bella_trix z6b SE PA (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 28, 08 at 3:00

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.


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RE: Odd square bean - really p. vulgaris?

Looks like the type we use to call cutshorts.

RE: Odd square bean - really p. vulgaris?

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.


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