epigeal/hypogeal (was lily germ pics)

Jim McKenney jamesamckenney@verizon.net
Mon, 18 Mar 2013 09:05:56 PDT
Sujit asked "Am I right to conclude that regular bean sprouts we see in the market isEpigeal?"

David wrote: "Quoting wikipedia:
"The frequently garden grown common bean - Phaseolus vulgaris - is 
epigeal while the closely related runner bean - Phaseolus coccineus - is 

But the bean most often used for sprouts is not a Phaseolus - it's the mung bean, Vigna radiata. The genus Vigna also includes cowpeas, crowder peas  and yard-long beans (these three are all forms of the same species) and the so-called cork-screw vine or snail vine, V. caracalla. 

Jim McKenney 

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