Baybean

Baybean Plant Information


Baybean grows in the following 5 states:

Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Texas

Canavalia rosea is a species of flowering plant of the genus Canavalia in the pea family, Fabaceae, that has a pantropical distribution. Common names include beach bean, bay bean, seaside jack-bean, coastal jack-bean, and MacKenzie bean.

Coastal jack-bean is a trailing, herbaceous vine that forms mats of foliage. Stems reach a length of more than 6m (20ft) and 2.5cm (0.98in) in thickness. Each compound leaf is made up of three leaflets 5.1-7.6cm (2.0-3.0in) in diameter, which will fold themselves when exposed to hot sunlight. The flowers are purplish pink and 5.1cm (2.0in) long. The flat pods are 10.2-15.2cm (4.0-6.0in) long and become prominently ridged as they mature. The buoyancy of the seeds allows them to be distributed by ocean currents. The plant seems to contain L-Betonicine.
C. rosea inhabits upper beaches, cliffs, and dunes throughout the world's coastal tropics. It is highly salt-tolerant and prefers sandy soils.

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