Photographer: Robert R. Kowal
Lathyrus palustris L.
marsh pea, marsh vetchling, slender-stem pea-vine
Lathyrus: from the Greek lathyros, an old name for "pea"
palustris: "of marshes"
|Plant: ||climbing, perennial, 1'-4' long forb; stems often winged|
|Flower: ||purple and white, 5-parted, 3/4" long; inflorescence a long-stalked cluster (raceme) of 2-6 stalked flowers; blooms June-July|
|Leaf:||pinnately-divided into 2-4 pairs of leaflets with a tendril at the end; asymmetrical, sharp-pointed, leaf-like appendages at the base|
|Habitat: ||wet to moist; meadows, shores, marshes|