[Plant-education] Re: Can someone tell me what sort of pea this is?

monique via plant-ed%40net.bio.net (by monique from mail.bio.tamu.edu)
Tue Mar 20 09:43:08 EST 2007


Many thanks to the lovely folks who wrote me off-list, pointing out that 
my mystery plant is Vicia faba, fava bean!  It certainly bears no 
resemblance at all to any species of Vicia I have ever seen in the wild. 
  I think the folks who place it in a separate genus might have 
something....

Monique Reed

monique wrote:
> This plant has come up in a compost heap. This heap receives the 
> leftover props from a college Economic Botany course, so it might be 
> anything.  The foliage looks very much like regular Pisum sativum 
> (English pea) foliage, except that so far, there are no tendrils--and 
> the plant is over a foot tall.  The leaflets are thin but a little 
> rubbery and glaucous.  The flowers are about an inch long, white with 
> maroon blotches on the wing petals.  No fruit yet.
> 
> http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/FLORA/tfp/mysterypea.jpg
> 
> Thanks,
> M. Reed
> 



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