Smile of Earth- 20

Flowers of Beans

Beans are among the most versatile and commonly eaten vegetables throughout the world. Many varieties are grown by farmers and people in their home gardens. Edible beans are nutrient-rich vegetables and they contain a variety of vitamins and minerals, in addition to protein, fibre, a moderate amount of calories and other nutrients.

Cowpea-Vigna unguiculata

I have four varieties growing in my garden, as you can see in these pictures. Notice that the structure of the flowers is different from other flowers.
A bit of Botany here ๐Ÿ™‚
The heart-shaped big petal is called the โ€˜standard petalโ€™ and attracts pollinators such as bees. Next two petals are named โ€˜wing petalsโ€™ and the last pair that grows fused is called โ€˜keel petalโ€™. All essential parts are enclosed within the keel petals.

Bean blossoms with the above configuration are said to be โ€˜papilionaceousโ€™, meaning butterfly-like.

Flat beans- Phaseolus coccineus
Common bean- Phaseolus vulgaris
Indian broad beans- Lablab purpureus

52 thoughts on “Smile of Earth- 20

  1. Nicely captured, Indira! Beans have such a pretty little flower. I remember my grandfather growing tall runner bean plants with their bright red flowers in his country garden but I had more success with the smaller bush beans.

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