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Purple Bushbean

Macroptilium atropurpureum


Macroptilium atropurpureum (DC.) Urb. (Fabaceae), commonly called Purple Bushbean, or Siratro is a perennial legume recognized by its climbing dense green vines and deep purple flowers. It is rich in protein, and is commonly used for cattle pastures intercropped with grass, used in hay, or as a ground cover to prevent soil erosion and to improve soil quality. It is indigenous to the tropical and subtropical regions of North, Central and South America, and can be found in many tropical regions around the world. (Wikipedia). Photo#6 shows the shrub that it climbed on.


A pilgrimage ground on a hill adjacent to a vast pasture land in Alfonso Cavite, just outside Tagaytay.



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Phasey Bean
Macroptilium lathyroides (L.) Urb.

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1 Comment

agricoolturista a year ago

This is a common weed in rice fields.

Common name: Phasey Bean (Macroptilium lathyroides (L.) Urb.)
Local name: Balabalatong
Family: Papilionaceae (Leguminosae)
Morphological classification: Broadleaf
Grows in: Rainfed lowland ricefields
Life cycle: Annual
Means of reproduction: Seeds

Distinguishing characteristics: An erect legume that has branchy and woody stems. Leaves are three (trifoliate) and are ovate to lanceolate. Flowers are red-purple. The weed also has green (young) to brown (mature), long and slender pods that bear seeds.

Cavite, Philippines

Spotted on Feb 25, 2014
Submitted on Dec 20, 2015

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