The Baybean, also known as the Beach Bean and Coastal Jack-
This plant has thick, fleshy stems that can grow to a length of 20 feet or longer. The bright green compound leaves are divided into three large leaflets that are oblong in shape. They can range from 2.5 to 4 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide. They are alternately attached to a spreading branched stem.
The flowers appear in a spike cluster 3 to 8 inches long. The purplish-
Seed pods, containing marbled brown seeds, are produced that are 5 to 6 inches long. The pods and seeds are toxic unless cooked.
The images on this page were taken along the shore of a beach in Ponce de Leon Park in Punta Gorda.
The distribution maps for the Baybean are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).