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It is a legume of the Fabaceae family, which in full development reaches about 1.40 metres in height. It has pinnately compound leaves, made up of 2-6 elliptic leaflets, which are also distinguished by their peculiar pigmentations, with black dots that at a distance can seem like parasites.
The stem is very delicate and, therefore, should be supported to avoid breakage; the pod, covered with a thick down which makes it more resistant to temperature changes and to the alpine climatic conditions of Sauris, contains from 2 to 6 seeds, initially green, then darker (from hazelnut to brown) when ripe.
At the end, there are dark “plumes”, which distinguish this ecotype from the commercial varieties.
The bean is small in size.