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Phasey Bean
(Macroptilium lathyroides)

phasey bean - illustration  
  • self-regenerating annual or biennial
  • naturalised in Queensland
  • tolerant of waterlogging
  • very susceptible to nematode attack.

Macroptilium lathyroides (L) Urban
1 flowering and fruiting branch;
2 flower

Phasey bean cv. Murray is not planted now, but has naturalised especially on heavy soils in subtropical areas receiving more than 750 mm annual rainfall. Being tolerant of waterlogging, phasey bean is often found growing with para grass in swampy country.

It prefers heavy-textured soils, being very susceptible to the nematode attack It has shown some use in melonhole land of brigalow country, but is frost-susceptible.


Creator: Ian Partridge
Date created: 03 April 1998  Revised: 15 January 2003

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