Lathyrus ochroleucus Hook.
creamy peavine (cream pea; cream-flowered peavine)
Fabaceae (Pea family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Bryan Kelly-McArthur     (Photo ID #74763)


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Distribution of Lathyrus ochroleucus
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Species Information

Perennial herb from a creeping rhizome; stems erect to clambering, 30-100 cm tall/long, inconspicuously angled, not winged, glabrous.
Alternate, pinnately compound with 6 to 8 leaflets in pairs; leaflets narrowly egg-shaped to elliptic, 3-7 cm long, 1-4 cm wide; tendrils well developed, usually branched and grasping; stipules 1/3-2/3 the length of the leaflets, narrowly egg-shaped, not lobed.
Inflorescence a loose, stalked, axillary cluster of 6 to 14 pea-like flowers; corollas creamy-yellow to greenish-white, 12-17 mm long, the banner 14-17 mm long, the banner-claw shorter than the blade, the wings the same size as the keel and shorter than the banner; calyces 8-10 mm long, glabrous except for a fringe of hairs on the teeth, the upper pair of teeth about 1/2 as long as the lower.
Pods, 4-7 cm long, 4-7 mm wide, hairless, brown with age; seeds 5 to 12.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Lathyrus ochroleucus

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
848 6 2400
Slope Gradient (%)
14 0 262

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

205 0 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 0 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

BG(9), BWBS(655), CWH(1), ESSF(20), ICH(97), IDF(386), MS(56), PP(16), SBPS(108), SBS(660), SWB(15)

Habitat and Range

Mesic to moist, open forests, thickets, glades, meadows and rocky ridges in the montane zone; common in BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains and south of 57oN, infrequent northwards; N to NT, E to PQ and S to OH, PA, VT, SD, WY and NE WA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia