Fabaceae family


Plant Group




Pea family. Leaves may be undivided, trifoliate or pinnate. Some have stipules. Flowers are characteristic of the pea family: the lobes of the calyx are joined into a cup, the petals comprise the standard, standing up at the back of the flower, the wings spread on either side and the keel consisting of two petals curved to meet over the stamens and pistil. The stamens may be joined into a tube, all separate or nine joined and one free. The pod may be globular, oval or triangular, flattened or inflated, smooth, hairy or covered with hooks.

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Small shrubs or prostrate plants, flowers usually closing in shade, small simple leaves, stipules tiny, pods flat and round.


Bitter-peas have masses of brown-yellow flowers followed by triangular seed pods.


Parrot-peas are distinguished by a groove in the upper surface of the leaf.


Leaves pinnate or digitate and leaflets narrow. Flowers are terminal and solitary and fruit is globular pod.


Flat-pea pods are flat, oblong.


Bush-peas are distinguished by the conspicuous stipules united behind the leaf stalk with rough margins. They also have a pair of bracteoles at the base of the calyx.