Answer: There are bush type Italian green beans (the ones with the flat, "meaty" pods and rich bean flavor); Burpee's 'Early Bush Italian' and 'Roma' are two. I haven't heard them called flat pole beans, though that would certainly describe them. They are sometimes called "Romano-type" (this is actually a pole variety) or Italian-type. There are so many bean varieties, and beans have been a staple food for so long, that I'm sure there are different names for the same variety out there. And certain locales likely have colloquial names for their favorites.
Commercial varieties tend to be bush types that produce uniform beans that mature all at once for easy picking. 'Provider' is one variety popular with both commercial growers and home gardeners.
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