Common name: Tangier Pea
Lathyrus tingitanus L. APNI*
Description: Prostrate or climbing glabrous annual herb; stems 60–180 cm long, winged.
Leaves 2-foliate with terminal leaflet modified to form a branched tendril; leaflets linear-lanceolate to ovate, grey-green, 2–8 cm long, 4–18 mm wide; stipules 12–25 mm long and 3–12 mm wide, lanceolate to ovate, somewhat spear-shaped.
Flowers in racemes 1- to 3-flowered. Calyx teeth subequal, shorter than tube; corolla 20–30 mm long, bright dark purple to pink.
Pod linear, 6–10 cm long, 8–10 mm wide, brown. Seeds 6–8 smooth.
Flowering: Spring and Summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Native to South Europe and North Africa. Naturalised in NSW, Vic., Tas., and Lord Howe Island, not common.
Weed of roadsides and areas close to roadsides.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SC, *CT, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *S.A. *W.A.
Text by Louisa Murray July 2011
Taxon concept: Flora Europea Vol. 2 p 141/36
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