Lathyrus hirsutus L. - Caley Pea, Singletary Pea

Lathyrus hirsutus plant

Family - Fabaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Lathyrus hirsutus stem

Leaves - No info. yet.

Lathyrus hirsutus leaves

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Lathyrus hirsutus flowers

Lathyrus hirsutus calyxCalyx (and katydid).

Lathyrus hirsutus fruitFruit.

Flowering - May - September.

Habitat - Roadsides, railroads, old fields, waste ground.

Origin - Native to Europe.

Other info. - This attractive species is can be found in just a few Missouri counties but its range is sure to spread with time. The plant is weedy but would do well in cultivation if it was kept in check.
In the southern U.S. the plant is grown for forage, erosion control, and soil improvement.

Photographs taken off Hwy 106, Shannon County, MO., 5-17-03.


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