What is up with this bean plant?

Tymes Past
by Tymes Past
As I was picking beans, I saw this stem on one plant that is totally white--an albino bean stem? It is part of a normal plant otherwise. Anyone know what this is about? I have never seen this before. Thanks for any info you can give.
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  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jul 24, 2014
    Albinism happens in plants, just as it does in animals. Your bean can't make chlorophyll, so would starve on its own, but it is connected to the root system of the other beans, and is stealing nutrition from them. See: http://www.wildflower.org/expert/show.php?id=5532
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    • Chinta Mani Dhimal Chinta Mani Dhimal on Oct 18, 2019


      Can this term albinism be used in plants?

  • MJ MJ on Jul 25, 2014
    What kind of beans are these? Don't look like any of my bean plants, w/ or w/o albinoism.
  • Sandi Gallion Hodge Sandi Gallion Hodge on Jul 25, 2014
    Beans Will Flower Like This Under Only Optimal Circumstances! So Feel Good About It.! Watch for Seeds From The Flowers.
  • 371926 371926 on Jul 25, 2014
    It's not flowering Sandi those are leaves
  • Terry Stutes Terry Stutes on Jul 25, 2014
    That is one way that a new genius is started. Sometimes it's a throwback.
  • Joy Derouen Joy Derouen on Jul 25, 2014
    Looks like the Contender variety of green beans.
    • Tymes Past Tymes Past on Jul 25, 2014
      @Joy Derouen Not sure what variety...just bought bulk seed at a local greenhouse--it wasn't labeled specifically. But they are doing well!
  • Judy Judy on Jul 25, 2014
    It never ceases to amaze me the things plants will do. Some of the convoluted shapes of the produce from my veggie garden over the years still has me laughing when I think of them. Looks like you have some healthy bean plants with a single white stem of leaves. Sort of like my friend with a white streak in her black hair....lol
    • Tymes Past Tymes Past on Jul 25, 2014
      @Judy Yeah, I guess it is! :) The beans are really producing this year...luckily the bunnies did not eat too many and the deer stayed away--last year, they decimated them.