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|Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Habit: Annual, perennial herb, unarmed, glabrous or hairy (glandular), generally rhizomed. Stem: sprawling, climbing, or erect; angled, flanged, or winged. Leaf: generally even-1-pinnate; stipules persistent, upper lobe > lower; main axis ending as tendril or short bristle; leaflets +- rolled in bud, 0--16 (if 0, stipules leaflet-like), +- opposite or alternate, linear to widely ovate. Inflorescence: raceme, generally axillary, 1--many-flowered. Flower: upper calyx lobes generally <, wider than lower; corolla 8--30 mm, pink-purple or pale, occasionally white or yellow; 9 filaments fused, 1 free; style +- flat, puberulent near +- middle for +- 1/3--1/2 adaxially. Fruit: dehiscent, oblong, +- flat.
Species In Genus: +- 150 species: temperate North America, South America, Mediterranean, Eurasia. Etymology: (Ancient Greek name) Toxicity: Seeds of most alien species. TOXIC to humans, livestock (especially horses). Note: Some species variable, intergrading with others; some hybridization probable. Lathyrus aphaca L. (leaflets 0, stipules leaflet-like) not naturalized in California.
eFlora Treatment Author: Kelly Steele & Duane Isely
Jepson Online Interchange
Key to LathyrusPrevious taxon: Ladeania lanceolata
Next taxon: Lathyrus angulatus
Citation for this treatment: Kelly Steele & Duane Isely 2016. Lathyrus, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=9364, accessed on December 08, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on December 08, 2016.