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silky beach pea

Lathyrus littoralis

Description:

Leaf, shoots edible, quite commonly picked for eating, tiny blue when flowering. White hairs. Wiki description: This is a perennial herb which grows a patch of hairy gray-green stems along the sandy ground or slightly upright. The woolly leaves are made up of several oval or oblong scoop-shaped leaflets. There are small, tough tendrils but the plant does not use them to climb. The plant produces dense inflorescences of several flowers each one to two centimeters wide. Each flower is bicolored in dark-veined deep pink and white. The fruit is a dehiscent oval-shaped hairy legume pod.

Habitat:

Sandy beach

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Xinxin
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Xinxin

Port Townsend, Washington, USA

Spotted on Apr 22, 2012
Submitted on May 4, 2012

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