Family : Fabaceae
The Beach Bean is a vigorous, trailing creeper that inhabits the fore dune area. A single plant can cover very large areas. The leaves are divided into 3 large, round leaflets, the centre leaflet being the largest.
The large pinkish – purple pea flowers are held on stalks above the leaves. They appear periodically for most of the year. The pods are flat and thick, encasing several large seeds. Pods are woody and often hairy, growing to 15 cm. They appear periodically throughout the year, particularly April to October.
The Beach Bean stabilises the sand for other plants to colonise. It’s an excellent ground cover for gardens as it grows fast and keeps out weeds. It’s also very pretty year round and attracts bees to the flowers. Crabs and similar wildlife will use colonised areas for protection.
|Coastal Zone||Fore Dune - Dune Crest|
|Fauna Habitat||Bees, Crustaceans and Others|
|Soils||Well Drained Soils|
|Amount of Sun||Full Sun|
|Amount of Water||Dry Areas to Moderately Wet Areas|
|Salt Tolerance||Extremely Tolerant|
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