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"haba" beans in mexico

Bert Kreitlow kreitlow at blue.weeg.uiowa.edu
Fri Dec 21 14:32:47 EST 2001

Dear maize botanists:

I realize this type of plant is off the topic of this newsgroup, but I have
the feeling that many of the list participants are well-versed in Mexican
agriculture in general as well as maize in particular. I subscribe not
because I am a botanist, but because I am also interested in maize and
Mexico from a historical perspective.

Without the botanical background, I am at a loss as to how to identify the
genus and species of another plant that is intercropped with maize. The
common spanish word is "haba" and it looks like a lima bean. The Stakman,
Mangelsdorf book about Mexican ag. development stated that it is not a true
bean, but did not provide the genus and species.

Either the genus & species, or the name of a book that catalogs such plants
by their common spanish name, would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Bert Kreitlow
Ph.D. candidate
Dept. of History
Univ. of Iowa

120 W. Ottawa Ave.
Dousman, WI 53118
(262) 965-4692

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