A number of synonyms of the accepted name, Phaseolus coccineus L. have been acknowledged by The Plant List.
This information is based an ongoing project dedicated to the inventory and dissemination of information on lepidopteran larvae, their host plants, and their parasitoids in a Costa Rican tropical wet forest and an Ecuadorian montane cloud forest.
N= 2 herbivore associations as of 2012.
Hesperiidae: Noctuana haematosticta (Felder & Felder); N=2.
Larval lepidopteran herbivores reared in Napo Province, Ecuador (Yanayacu Biological Station and Center for Creative Studies).
Habitat and Distribution
Phaseolus coccineus is found in China, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Belize, Gutemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador and Peru (This may not represent the entire distribution).
Phaseolus coccineus is used culinarily around the world.
Epiphyte that can reach a height of 2m. Leaves are trifoliate. Fruit is a legume.
Evolution and Systematics
For original publication details on Phaseolus coccineus see Encycl. [J. Lamarck & al.] 3(1): 70. 1789 [19 Oct 1789]