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Lathyrus vestitus  Nutt.  var. vestitus 
Common pacific pea,   Hillside pea,   Wild sweetpea
Lathyrus vestitus var. vestitus is a perennial herb that is native to California, and found only slightly beyond California borders.
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Parent: Lathyrus vestitus
Genus: Lathyrus
Family: Fabaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Toxicity: Do not eat any part of this plant.

Ultramafic affinity: 1.8 - weak indicator

Communities: Coastal Sage Scrub, Chaparral

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF

Alternate Names:
JEFLathyrus laetiflorus ssp. barbarae
ICPNLathyrus laetiflorus ssp. laetiflorus
JEFLathyrus laetiflorus
ICPNLathyrus polyphyllus var. insecundus
JEFLathyrus vestitus ssp. bolanderi
Information about  Lathyrus vestitus var. vestitus from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora


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[friendsofedgewood.org/] Uses: Wildlife, Native People: Uses Wildlife Frequented by insects (primarily large native bees) and hummingbirds for nectar Host plant for the larval stage of silvery blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus) and northern cloudywing (Thorybes pylades) butterflies Native people Ate raw seeds and greens Made a decoction of roots for use as a general medicinal remedy CAUTION The fruits of many members of this genus contain a potent neurotoxin, which if not properly treated, can cause paralysis (Nature Collective 2020); best to avoid eating any wild peas (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

[friendsofedgewood.org/] Etymology: Name Derivation Laythrus (LA-thi-rus) from the Greek lathyros, pea vestitus (ves-TIE-tus) from the Latin for covered or clothed, referring to hairs (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/18/2024).