Photographer: Gary Fewless
Lathyrus tuberosus L.
tuberous sweet pea, tuberous vetchling
Lathyrus: from the Greek lathyros, an old name for "pea"
tuberosus: from Latin meaning "tuberous," referring to thickened roots
|Status: ||Introduced - escaped|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, to 32" tall forb; stems angled, wingless; rhizomes with small tubers|
|Flower: ||red to purple, 5-parted, 1/2" long; inflorescence a dense, long-stalked cluster (raceme) of 2-10 stalked flowers|
|Leaf:||2 leaflets with a tendril at the end; symmetrical, lance-shaped, leaf-like appendages at base of the stalk|