Lathyrus nissolia

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Lathyrus nissolia
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Lathyrus nissolia

Lathyrus nissolia, grass vetchling or grass pea[1] is a plant species of the genus Lathyrus. It is native to the most areas in Europe, Maghreb, Levant and the Caucasus.

Description[edit]

Grass vetchling is an annual plant, with an erect stem branching from the base, and growing to a height of about 2 feet (0.7 m). It is entirely without true leaves, leaflets or tendrils. The leaf stalk, however, is flattened out until it closely resembles a blade of grass ending in a fine point, and the stipules at its base greatly help the deception.[1]

The flowers, which are crimson in colour, and come out in June and July, are rather small, solitary and borne on a very long footstalk. They have the power of self-pollination.[1]

The flowers are succeeded by long, slender, straight pods, which are at first very flat, but become cylindrical when the contained peas are fully developed.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Stokoe, W.J. The Observer's Book of Wild Flowers (1965 ed.). Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd. p. 88.