Vicia faba L.

Broad bean


Vicia fava

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Vicia faba L. - (Broad bean)

Herbaceous annual plant of the pea family -papilionaceae- up to 80 cm. tall. Quadrangular, robust stems. Compound leaves, till 3 ovate leaflets and with toothed stipules at the base. Very conspicuous flowers, till 2 cm, white with the wings smeared in black. The fruit is a pod, reaching 25 cm, pubescent. Seeds till 3 cm. Native from Asia, but naturalised and cultivated as food.

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