This section is from the book "The Botanical Magazine; Or, Flower-Garden Displayed", by William Curtis. Also available from Amazon: The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed, Volume I.
Lotus Tetragonolobus. Winged Lotus.
Legumen cylindricum strictum. Alae sursum longitudinaliter conniventes. Cal. tubulosus.
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.
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.