Photographer: Merel R. Black
Lathyrus venosus Muhl. ex Willd.
forest pea, veiny pea, veiny pea-vine
Lathyrus: from the Greek lathyros, an old name for "pea"
|Plant: ||climbing, perennial, 2'-3' long, stout forb with a wingless stem|
|Flower: ||purple to red, 5-parted, 3/4" long; inflorescence a dense, stalked cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms June-July|
|Fruit:||flat, long pod|
|Leaf:||pinnately-divided into 8-12 elliptical leaflets with a tendril at the end; asymmetrical, narrowly arrow-shaped, leaf-like appendages at the base|
|Habitat: ||dry, moderate moisture to wet; prairies, woods, streambanks|