Flat pea (Lathyrus sylvestris)

Flat pea Common Names: Flat peavine

Description: Produces chemicals which are toxic found within the seeds.

Habit: Climbing; perennial; herbaceous; ranges from 6-7 ft; normal range of 18-30 in; dense vegetative mat.

Leaves: Composed of two long, narrow leaflets with parallel veins; bears a tendril that extend from the center of leaf.

Stems: Leaf-like appendages (winged).

Flowers: Deep pink to reddish brown in color.

Fruit and seeds: Round and black in color, borne in a pod 2-3 in long, tapered at both ends, mature fruit are yellowish legumes.

Habitat: Found in fields; areas of human activity such as roadsides and wooded areas.

Reproduction: By seeds dispersal is short range.

Similar species: When flowering can be easily confused with species of Crownvetch (Coronilla spp.), Vetch (Vicia spp.), and Violet (Viola spp.). Also similar to Perennial/Everlasting Pea (Lathyrus latifolius).

Monitoring and rapid response: Hand-pulling; mowing.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the USDA PLANTS Database and the University of Michigan.

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Common Name:

Flat pea

Scientific Name:

Lathyrus sylvestris







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