Lotus Tetragonolobus. Winged Lotus.

Class and Order:

Diadelphia Decandria.

Generic Character:

Legumen cylindricum strictum. Alae sursum longitudinaliter conniventes. Cal. tubulosus.

Specific Character and Synonyms:

LOTUS tetragonolobus leguminibus solitariis membranaceo-quadrangulis, bractaeis ovatis. Linn. Syst. Vegetab, p. 691. Ait. Hort. Kew. p. 91.

LOTUS ruber siliqua angulosa. Bauh. Pin. 332.

LOTUS pulcherrima tetragonolobus. Comm. Hort. 91. t. 26.

PISUM quadratum, the crimson-blossomed or square-codded Pease. Park. Parad. p. 338.

151 Lotus Tetragonolobus Winged Lotus
No. 151.

A common annual in our gardens, where it has been long cultivated; is a native of Sicily, and flowers in the open borders in July and August; requires the same management as other hardy annuals.

Miller observes, that it was formerly cultivated as an esculent plant, the green pods being dressed and eaten as peas.