E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Lathyrus latifolius L.
broad-leaved peavine (perennial pea)
Fabaceae (Pea family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a rhizome; stems climbing, 0.8-2 m long, broadly winged, glabrous.
Alternate, pinnately compound with 2 leaflets; leaflets lance-elliptic to narrowly egg-shaped, up to 15 cm long and 5 cm wide; tendrils well developed, grasping; stipules broadly lance- to egg-shaped, 3-5 cm long, 2-lobed, the upper lobe 2-3 times as long as the lower.
Inflorescence a stalked, axillary cluster of 5 to 15 pea-like flowers; corollas magenta-pink, rarely white, 15-20 mm long, the banner-claw about 2/3 as long as the blade, the wings shorter than the banner but longer than the keel; calyces 8-12 mm long, the lanceolate teeth nearly as long as the tube.
Pods, 6-10 cm long, 7-10 mm wide, glabrous; seeds 10 to 25.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry roadsides and waste places; infrequent garden escape in S BC; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Lathyrus latifolius var. splendens Groenl. & Rümpler

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