Lotus tetragonolobus

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Lotus tetragonolobus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Genus: Lotus
Species: L. tetragonolobus
Binomial name
Lotus tetragonolobus

Tetragonolobus purpureus

Lotus tetragonolobus, synonym Tetragonolobus purpureus, known as asparagus-pea[1] or winged pea,[2] is an annual herb native to the warm temperate regions of the Old World. It is low growing, and produces a profusion of prominent deep red flowers, followed by seed pods that are longitudinally winged.

Lotus tetragonolobus

It is cultivated for its edible green seed pods, which are one of the vegetables known as asparagus pea or winged pea.


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  2. ^ "Tetragonolobus purpureus". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 9 December 2015.