Plant A Day – Marsh Pea

Marsh Pea Lathyrus palustris

Marsh Pea
Lathyrus palustris

Marsh Pea is a pretty and delicate plant.  It’s a vine that wanders around adjacent vegetation.  I’ve only seen it in one place.  It was a wooded wet area right next to a lake in northeast Indiana.  Perhaps it’s more common, just in places that are hard to get to.

It attaches to vegetation via tendrils.

It attaches to vegetation via tendrils.

The compound leaf ends with a tendril.

The compound leaf ends with a tendril.

At the base of each leaf is a pair of little leaf-looking things called stipules.

At the base of each leaf is a pair of little leaf-looking things called stipules.

At least part of the stems are winged.

At least part of the stems are winged.

The leaves are arranged alternately along the stem.

The leaves are arranged alternately along the stem.

More flowers

More flowers

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