Earth pea

Earth pea

Synonym:  Earth nut

Scientific name: Lathyrus tuberosa L.

Local name: Not known







Taxonomic Position According to Cronquist (1981)


Kingdom         : Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabacaeae
Genus: Lathyrus
Species: L. tuberosa

Botanical Description of Earth Pea

Habit: Perennial herb


Root: Tap root, tuberous, each plant produces small type sweet tuber

Stem: Weak, glabrous

Leaf: Compound, trifoliate

Inflorescence: Axillary raceme

Flower: Complete, hermaphrodite, zygomorphic, papilionaceous

Fruit: a pod

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