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Lotus tetragonolobus - L.                
                 
Common Name Asparagus Pea, Winged pea
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Cultivated ground and vineyards.
Range Europe - Mediterranean.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary       

Physical Characteristics       
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Lotus tetragonolobus is a ANNUAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in). It is in flower from Jun to August, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.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. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms
Tetragonolobus purpurea. Moench.
Lotus tetragonolobus Asparagus Pea, Winged pea


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Lotus tetragonolobus Asparagus Pea, Winged pea
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Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses                                         
Edible Parts: Seed;  Seedpod.
Edible Uses: Coffee.

Young seedpods - raw or cooked[16, 27, 33]. Added to salads, cooked as a vegetable or added to soups, stews etc[183]. The taste is said to resemble asparagus[183]. Only the very young pods, when less than 25mm long, should be used, since the older pods quickly turn fibrous[183]. Considered by many to be a gourmet food, though it is not a very high yielding crop[K]. Seed - cooked. Used like peas[105, 177, 183]. The roasted seed is used as a coffee substitute[27, 183].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details                                         
Succeeds in an ordinary garden soil[1], preferring a rich light well-drained soil in a sunny position[33]. Occasionally cultivated for its edible young seedpods and also as an ornamental plant[16, 33]. 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 situ in the spring[33]. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 4 weeks at 15°c. If seed is in short supply, it can be sown in pots in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in late spring or early summer[33].
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