A bean plant native to the southwestern US, cultivated in Mexico and Arizona for its drought-resistant qualities.
Phaseolus acutifolius, family Leguminosae‘The tepary bean has been introduced into parts of E. and W. Africa where arid conditions are suitable for it.’
- ‘They began growing and cultivating tepary beans, and last year they harvested 10,000 pounds of the beans.’
Early 20th century of unknown origin.
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