Lathyrus venosus Muhl. ex Willd.  
Family: Fabaceae
forest pea, veiny pea, veiny pea-vine
[Lathyrus oreophilus Wooton & Standl., Lathyrus venosus subsp. arkansanus Muhl. ex Willd., Lathyrus venosus var. arkansanus Muhl. ex Willd., Lathyrus venosus var. intonsus Muhl. ex Willd., Lathyrus venosus var. meridionalis Muhl. ex Willd.]
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Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Lathyrus: from the Greek lathyros, an old name for "pea"
Plants: climbing, perennial, 2'-3' long, stout forb with a wingless stem
Leaves: pinnately-divided into 8-12 elliptical leaflets with a tendril at the end; asymmetrical, narrowly arrow-shaped, leaf-like appendages at the base
Flowers: purple to red, 5-parted, 3/4" long; inflorescence a dense, stalked cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms June-July
Fruits: flat, long pod
Habitat: dry, moderate moisture to wet; prairies, woods, streambanks
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native
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Merel R. Black  
Lathyrus venosus image
Merel R. Black  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Steve C. Garske  
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