Phaseolus lunatus is a legume grown for its edible seeds. It is commonly known as the butter bean or lima bean.

Both bush and pole (vine) cultivars exist, the latter range from 1 to 5 m in height. The bush cultivars mature earlier than the pole cultivars. The pods are up to 15 cm (5.9 in) long. The mature seeds are 1 to 3 cm (0.39 to 1.18 in) long and oval to kidney-shaped. In most cultivars the seeds are quite flat, but in the “potato” cultivars, the shape approaches spherical. White seeds are common, but black, red, orange, and variously mottled seeds are also known. The immature seeds are uniformly green. Lima beans typically yield 2,900 to 5,000 kg (6,400 to 11,000 lb) of seed and 3,000 to 8,000 kg (6,600 to 17,600 lb) of biomass per hectare.
The seeds of the cultivars listed below are white unless otherwise noted. Closely related or synonymous names are listed on the same line.
Lima beans, like many other legumes, are a good source of dietary fiber, and a virtually fat-free source of high-quality protein. Lima beans contain both soluble fiber, which helps regulate blood sugar levels and lowers cholesterol, and insoluble fiber, which aids in the prevention of constipation, digestive disorders, irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulitis.[citation needed]
(From Wikipedia on 14.10.15)

Legume vine for ID from Bangalore-GSSEP06/124 : 14 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (3)
This leguminous vine in the first look appears to be simply Dolichos, but flowers are nearly half in size, pod different and seeds black. Please help with ID. 

black bean??? that cubans eat?

Thanks … In our lant the pods are very different and flowers smaller.

yah, but i have never been able to make any heads or tails of these dark black beans, azuki/azuke beans and our urad?

I think it is a cultivar of Dolichos/ Lablab purpureus only. There seem to be many cultivars with different flower, pod, seed characters.
.. may be on the correct track though i would have loved to have seen the tell tale deep purplish pods..

This appears to  be Mucuna pruriens.

I don’t think any thing resembles Mucuna, in which flowers are 3-4 times as large, purple, pod hairy and turgid.

It’s a Phaseolus sp., most probably P. lunatus L.

I think you finally got it.
This was a really tough ID, with several suggestions coming, which unfortunately could not satisfy me.
Thanks a lot. That is why I say, I love this Group.

Thanks … for the correct ID.


Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight: Phaseolus lunatus from Bangalore-GSOCT93/98 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3)
Phaseolus lunatus Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 2: 724. 1753.
Twining herb with trifoliate leaves; leaflets ovate up to 12 cm long, lateral often oblique, base rounded or cuneate; flowers pale yellow to nearly white in axillary racemes; calyx up to 3 mm long, campanulate; standard up to 10 mm long emarginate, keel twisted; pod flat, falcate, up to 10 cm long.
Photographed from J P Nagar area, Bangalore


Beans for ID : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Would appreciate help to identify the beans in the photo. They are from similar plants, but one is Black and the other Maroon. I would also like to know if they are edible as I got them at an agricultural show, loose, not packed or named. Hence the confusion. These have been grown on my terrace in Bangalore.

Macrotyloma uniflorum

This is very different from Horse gram, much bigger. Same family?

For me it looks like a variety of Phaseolus lunatus  

Thank you.


Re: Phaseolus lunatus? : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4)

This is cultivated by tribal people from Rajnagar,Tripura
Please confirm

yes, … pink Vaal or lima bean (vaal is its name in gujarati) and name lima bean is used in USA.
I love this. this should be the unadulterated non hybridized HEIRLOOM seeds of Lima beans’ varieties. please save and propagate to the maximum that you or your frinds ca. before it disappears

Are all the pictures presented are from one same plant?


Cultivating a green world … at home (#1) | ID Req 30Apr2011AR01:
Date/Time-14 Jan 2011 09.19AM
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Krishnarajanagar, Mysore dist.

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-, Garden, Wild growth
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb – Climber
Height/Length-approx – 15feet, 25 feet approx
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- Shape – 8 cms, 3 leaflets,
Inflorescence Type/ Size-
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts – White, 1-2cms, 3 seeds when
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- legume, 2 cms,
Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses etc.-

Phaseolus lunatus – Lima beans ?

Nice colors… never seen red lima beans though … anymore flowers? can there be close ups of flowers?

Seed Colour and Size Reminds me of Sword beans.

I think Phaseolus lunatus only, as per images and details herein and as initially suggested by …



References: The Plant List Ver.1.1  ILDIS  Wikipedia  PFAF  Floridata  Indian Medicinal Plants: An Illustrated Dictionary By C.P. Khare- 2008- details)

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