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Lathyrus aphaca - L.
                 
Common Name Yellow-Flowered Pea
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards The seed contains a toxic amino-acid which, in large quantities, can cause a very serious disease of the nervous system known as 'lathyrism'. The seed is said to be perfectly safe and very nutritious in small quantities[65, 76].
Habitats Dry places on sand, gravel and chalk[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Germany south and east to the Mediterranean, Iran and Afghanistan.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Lathyrus aphaca Yellow-Flowered Pea


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Lathyrus aphaca Yellow-Flowered Pea
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Physical Characteristics
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Lathyrus aphaca is a ANNUAL growing to 0.9 m (3ft). It is in flower from Jun to August, and the seeds ripen from Aug to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, self.The plant is self-fertile.
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Seed.
Edible Uses:

Seed - cooked. Only use when immature, the fully ripe seed can be narcotic in large quantities[2, 105, 115]. The seed is harmless and nutritious when eaten in small quantities[76]. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.
Medicinal Uses


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Narcotic;  Resolvent.

The ripe seeds are said to be narcotic[2, 105, 240]. The flowers are resolvent[240].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
An easily grown plant, succeeding in any moderately good garden soil but preferring a position in full sun[200]. Plants dislike shade. An interesting plant botanically because the true leaves have been modified into tendrils and the stipules have become leaves[100]. Plants climb by means of tendrils[188]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200]. When removing plant remains at the end of the growing season, it is best to only remove the aerial parts of the plant, leaving the roots in the ground to decay and release their nitrogen.
Propagation
Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in early spring in a cold frame[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. If you have sufficient seed, then it can also be sown in situ in mid spring[200]. In nature, most of the seed germinates in the autumn but many of the seedlings do not manage to survive the winter[17].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Lathyrus alatus 10
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Lathyrus japonicus maritimusBeach Pea20
Lathyrus latifoliusPerennial Sweet Pea, Perennial pea10
Lathyrus linifolius montanusBitter Vetch20
Lathyrus nervosusLord Anson's Pea20
Lathyrus ochroleucasCream Peavine11
Lathyrus ochrusCyprus Vetch10
Lathyrus odoratusSweet Pea, Wild Pea,Vetchling10
Lathyrus ornatusBush Vetchling11
Lathyrus palustrisSlenderstem Peavine, Marsh pea10
Lathyrus polymorphusManystem Peavine, Hoary pea10
Lathyrus pratensisMeadow Vetchling01
Lathyrus quinquenervius 10
Lathyrus sativusChickling Pea, White pea21
Lathyrus tuberosusEarthnut Pea, Tuberous sweetpea50
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