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Seeds of Trade

 
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Product: Beans

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   Beans belong to the category Food crops
   and originated in these regions: Eurasia, The Americas

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 MODERN CONTEXT
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BEANS

Phaseolus vulgaris L. (Fabaceae).

Given its scientific name by Carolus Linnaeus in 1753, when it was commonly cultivated in Europe.

Native to the Americas, it probably originated on the western slopes of the Andes.

Life form: annual or perennial herb or vine.

Parts used: edible seeds; stems used as forage for animals.

Ploidy level: diploid.

  

Specimen from the Clifford Herbarium at the Natural History Museum, London (Phaseolus coccineus L. - Runner Bean)