Phaseolus coccineus

Phaseolus coccineus

Languages: English


General comments

A number of synonyms of the accepted name, Phaseolus coccineus L. have been acknowledged by The Plant List

Author(s): Morrison, Colin
Rights holder(s): The Plant List; Tropicos; WCSP

Life history


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).

Author(s): Morrison, Colin; Simbana, Wilmer; Salagaje, Luis
Rights holder(s): CAPEA

Habitat and Distribution

Geographic Range

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).

This information was accessed through the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Herbarium and Tropicos

Author(s): Morrison, Colin
Rights holder(s): STRI; Tropicos


Phaseolus coccineus is used culinarily around the world. 

Author(s): Morrison, Colin
Rights holder(s): Morrison, Colin


Diagnostic Description

Epiphyte that can reach a height of 2m. Leaves are trifoliate. Fruit is a legume. 

Author(s): Morrison, Colin
Rights holder(s): Morrison, Colin

Evolution and Systematics


For original publication details on Phaseolus coccineus see Encycl. [J. Lamarck & al.] 3(1): 70. 1789 [19 Oct 1789]

Author(s): Morrison, Colin
Rights holder(s): See citation