Random Plant: Silky beach pea

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Silky beach pea (Lathyrus littoralis, Fabaceae) photographed 04/26/2013 at Redwood National Park, California.

Silky beach pea (Lathyrus littoralis, Fabaceae) can be found exclusively on coastal dunes along the Pacific Ocean from British Columbia through northern California. Although growing to only 18-24″ in height, this perennial stands out thanks to its fuzzy foliage and striking bicolored flowers. These purple and white blossoms occur in dense clusters and are pollinated primarily by honey and bumble bees. As with other members of the bean family, fertilized flowers develop into long seed pods.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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