Family and Genus:- See- LEGUMINOSAE

Common Names:- None

Homotypic Synonyms:- None

Meaning:- Lathyrus (Gr) The ancient name for chickling pea.
                  Gorgoni (Gr) Wild, of wild appearance.
General description:- Medium to tall, clambering, glabrous annual.

1) 40-150 cm, winged.

1) Alternate, compound pinnate, with 2 narrow and linear leaflets forming "V", like 
    blades of grass, from 5-15cm length, glabous, with a central tendril much 
2) Stipules, 2 long, less than 1,5 mm across, extremely sharp and herbaceous.

1) Racemes, solitary.
2) Calyx-teeth, equal, 2-3 times as long as the tube.
3) Corolla, 15-25 mm, light gingery-orange, often red-veined.

1) Legume, 30-80 x 7-12 mm, pale brown, dorsal suture with 3 low keels.
2) Seeds, 7-8, smooth.

Key features:-
1) Corolla, 15-25 mm.
2) Calyx-teeth, 2-3 times as long as the tube.
3) Seeds, smooth.

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Habitat:- Roadsides, hedges and ruderal habitats. 0-1000 m.

Distribution:- Central and east Mediterranean area; SW. Asia eastwards to N Iraq.
Very rare on Crete, known only from the far northeast.

Flowering time:- Apr-May.

Photos by:- Dr. Armin Jagel