Bay Bean or Beach Pea
The seeds, seed pods, and flowers are all quite distinctive of this species. However, without these items to indicate which species the plant is,
one has to look closely at the plant's leaves to distinguish it from the Railroad Vine, Ipomoea pes-caprae
Immature, developing pods; seeds inside are white and soft
Mature Pods, with one opened to display seeds
Closeups of flowers, with one (left) showing stamens
Characteristic compound (triplicate) leaves,
Beans and Mature (dried) Pod
showing distinct veination (photo: Ed Perry)
(compare with simple leaf structure of Railroad Vine)
Emergent sprouts of the Beach Pea, Canavalia rosea
Early, two-leaf stage of Canavalia rosea
Floridata: Canavalia rosea
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A Sea-Bean Guide: Beach Pea (Canavalia rosea)
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