Root perennial, stem glabrous or nearly so, stout, somewhat fleshy and slightly glaucous, angled, decumbent, 1 to 2 feet long with broad foliaceous, hastate, pointed stipules 1 to 2 inches long. Leaves nearly sessile, pinnate, the rachis terminating in a slender, forked tendril; leaflets six to twelve, oblong, oval or obovate, blunt and mucronulate at the apex, usually narrowed at the base, 1 to 2 inches long, one-half to three-fourths of an inch wide. Flowers six to ten on peduncles 3 to 4 inches long, purple, three-fourths to 1 inch long; calyx teeth often ciliate. Fruit a sessile, linear-oblong, nearly glabrous, veined pod, 1 to 3 inches long and about one-half of an inch wide.

Sea beaches and sandy fields near the coast, New Jersey to Arctic America, also Oneida lake, Great Lakes, Pacific coast and in northern Europe and Asia. Flowering from May to August.

Memoir 15 N. Y. State Museum

Plate 115

Beach Pea; Seaside Pea

Beach Pea; Seaside Pea - Lathyrus maritimus