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Beach Pea (Lathyrus japonicus) discovered by Marcel Roy (#623)
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Observed: August 4, 2011 @ 11:00 AM
Posted on: August 5, 2011 @ 6:33 AM (diff: 1 days)
Beach Pea (Lathyrus japonicus)-Family: Pea Family - Flowers: Summer; Blue/Violet; Irregular Flowers - Leaves: Compound/Divided; Entire
Flowers - Purple, butterfly-shaped, consisting of standard petal, wings, and keel: 1 in. long or less, clustered in short raceme at end of slender footstalk from leaf axils; calyx 5-toothed; stamens 10 (9 and 1); style curved, flattened, bearded on inner side. Stem: 1 to 2 ft. long, stout, reclining, spreading, leafy. Leaves: Compounded of 3 to 6 pairs of oblong leaflets somewhat larger than halbert-shaped stipules at base of leaf; branched tendrils at end of it. Fruit: A flat, 2-valued, veiny pod, continuous between the seeds.
Preferred Habitat - Beaches of Atlantic and Pacific oceans, also of great Lakes.
Flowering Season - May-August. Sometimes blooming again in autumn.
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