Common name: Perennial Pea, Everlasting Pea, Everlasting Sweetpea
Lathyrus latifolius L. APNI*
Description: Prostrate or climbing perennial herb; stems to 3 m long, distinctly winged.
Leaves 2-foliolate; leaflets ovate to elliptic, 3–8 cm long, 5–30 mm wide; petiole 2–5 cm long, winged; stipules 1–3 cm long, with basal lobe.
Flowers 3–15 in racemes 15–25 cm long; peduncle 4–11 cm long. Calyx c. 7–10 mm long, teeth unequal. Corolla 2–3 cm long, purple-pink to white. Style twisted.
Pod terete, to c. 8 cm long, c. 1 cm wide; seeds 7–15, wrinkled in a reticulate pattern.
Distribution and occurrence: Cultivated as an ornamental, occasionally naturalized. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *ST, *CWS, *NWS, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *S.A.
Text by C. Gardner
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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