Common name: Sweet pea
Botanical name: Lathyrus odoratus
Other common names: –
General description: An annual climbing plant with winged stems cultivated for its attractive fragrant flowers.
Flowers: Highly fragrant flowers are about 3cm across, clustered in groups of up to 4 at the ends of robust stems that exceed the leaves and can range in colour from red, pink, purple, mauve to white.
Leaves: Leaves are lightly hairy paired leaflets up to 6cm long and 3cm wide, ovate to oblong with terminal branched tendrils.
Fruit/Berries: The fruit are hairy pods to 6cm ripening green to brown with several globular grey-brown to black seeds.
Other: The sap is clear, stinging hairs are present.
Symptoms: Accidental ingestion does not result in poisoning. However eating large quantities of seed for weeks to months can result in a paralytic syndrome. Symptoms can include paralysis, slow and weak pulse, breathing difficulty and convulsions.
Toxicity category: 2
Warning: Seek medical attention if symptoms occur.