International Year of Pulses 2016

Lima beans

Lima beans are the second cultivated species of beans, after the common bean. Its scientific name, Phaseolus lunatus L. refers to the moon crescent shape of its seeds, while the vernacular name in English refer to the capital of Peru where it was thought to have its origin. A collection of 3,000 landraces exists in CIAT genebank. Where is it cultivated?Read more


Here is a seed of solutions, if you are looking for a particular plant material in the collections we are responsible for, you can introduce a germplasm request. You will find information about names or traits of specific accessions of beans, cassava and tropical forages. Research results about the target of our conservation efforts and conservation technologies are also available. Please feel free to contact us through this web site for the germplasm or the information that you need.

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