Pea-like Flowers )
Pea Family (Leguminosae)
Habitat: Montane to Subalpine
Description: The milk-vetch represents a very diverse group of plants, and identifying individual species requires significant expertise. Identifying the group is often sufficient. They are a low trailing vine with compound leaves and tendrils at the end of the leaves. The leaflets have between 13 and 27 elliptical, smooth-margined leaflets. The underside of the leaflets have white hairs, as does the stem. The flowers are born in dense clusters, and are typically pea-like. They are white with a tinge of purple. Usually the purple is concentrated on the keel, with the remainder of the flower white. The seed pods are also covered with hairs.
Distinguish from the similar wild sweet pea by the hairy nature of the stem and pea pods. Also the sweet pea lacks any purple on the flowers.
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