Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Flower for the Day Beach Pea Greenland 11-4

Beach Pea (Lathyrus maritimus) is a legume with many other names: sea pea, circumpolar pea, and sea vetchling. The flowers are broad with a dark purple  standard petal and paler purple and white keel and wing petals.

These beach peas were on the shore at Bratahlid, Eric the Red's hillside estate on a fjord on the south western 
coast of Greenland. Sea peas have a large worldwide distribution because of the capacity of its seeds to maintain viability in sea water for over 5 years.

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