Amberique Bean
(Trailing Fuzzy Bean - Trailing Wild Bean - Annual Sand Bean)
Strophostyles helvola
Fabaceae (Bean) Family

Plant is a sprawling or climbing perennial vine. Its preferred habitat is sandy soils, beaches. low dunes and at the edge of marshes. Distribution is primarily coastal in the Escambia region.

Leaves are trifoliate; no teeth and no lobes.

Flowers are large and in dense clusters on stalks that arise from the leaf axil. Small bracts beneath each flower taper to the tip and are slightly curved to the left. Filaments are hairy, united and bundled; one remains aloof. Flowers occur in the spring and summer.

Fruit is a legume.

The related S. umbellata is similar but is a perennial and the bracts are below the flower are not so strongly curved. Helvola and umbellata reside in similar habitats.

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