Sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus)

An annual climbing plant with winged stems cultivated for its attractive fragrant flowers.
Highly fragrant flowers are about 3cm across, clustered in groups of up to 4 at the ends of robust stems that exceed the leaves and can range in colour from red, pink, purple, mauve to white.
Leaves are lightly hairy paired leaflets up to 6cm long and 3cm wide, ovate to oblong with terminal branched tendrils.

Toxicity category: 2
Category 2 - Potentially toxic
Warning: Seek medical attention if symptoms occur.

Common name: Sweet pea

Botanical name: Lathyrus odoratus

Other common names: –

Family: Fabaceae

General description: An annual climbing plant with winged stems cultivated for its attractive fragrant flowers.

Flowers: Highly fragrant flowers are about 3cm across, clustered in groups of up to 4 at the ends of robust stems that exceed the leaves and can range in colour from red, pink, purple, mauve to white.

Leaves: Leaves are lightly hairy paired leaflets up to 6cm long and 3cm wide, ovate to oblong with terminal branched tendrils.

Fruit/Berries: The fruit are hairy pods to 6cm ripening green to brown with several globular grey-brown to black seeds.

Other: The sap is clear, stinging hairs are present.

Symptoms: Accidental ingestion does not result in poisoning. However eating large quantities of seed for weeks to months can result in a paralytic syndrome. Symptoms can include paralysis, slow and weak pulse, breathing difficulty and convulsions.

Toxicity category: 2
Category 2 - Potentially toxic
Warning: Seek medical attention if symptoms occur.

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