Strophostyles helvola trailing wild-bean; wooly bean Fabaceae STHE; Bx, pb; NY, iw; Q, i, j; K, fl; R, c, bm, gr, t; 


Strophostyles helvola.Les (Accessed 6/2014).

Strophostyles helvola is an annual, branching vine to 1 m long, twining in low vegetation. 

Leaves alternate, 3-parted, somewhat ivy-like, leaflets 2-6 cm long, egg-shaped, often with side lobes, lateral margins often concave, sparsely hairy below. 


Strophostyles helvola.Charles (Accessed 6/2014).

Flowers pink-purple, eventually turning green, 0.8-1.4 cm long, pea-flower-shaped, standard folded over other petals, keel petal strongly curved into a beak, side petals shorter than keel; calyx nearly hairless, irregular, 4-lobed, lowest lobe longer than others; inflorescence of small, rather dense clusters on a stalk to 30 cm long; blooming June-Oct. 

Fruit dry, hollow pods, cylindrical 4-9 cm long, sparsely hairy, splitting open to release seeds, the pod halves becoming coiling; seeds to 1 cm long, wooly. 

Wetland status: FACU-. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Open areas, mostly on dry, sandy soil.