Plant Identification Database:
Leguminosae (Pea)
Faboideae [Pea]
Order: Fabales; Class: Dicotyledonae

The plant data on this site are a record of Bob Ronnow's field observations
which vary in accuracy and change with experience. For accurate and complete
information please use the links provided for each plant species and family.

Plant Families
Glossary of Botanical Terms

CLASSIFICATION
LEAVES
FLOWERS
FRUIT
STEM
ECOLOGY
CLASSIFICATION
Common Name (Image)
Scientific Name (Notes)
Genus
LV: Attachment
LV: Shape
LV: Edge
LV: Apex/Base
LV: Size/Surface
FL: Petals/Sepals
FL: Color
FL: Arrangement
FL: Size/Season
FL: Stamen/Pistil/Ovary
FR: Type
FR: Color
FR: Size/Season
ST: Type/Size/Growth
ST: Surface/Color
ST: Buds/Roots
EC: Edible
EC: Habitat
EC: Observations
Common Name (Image)
Scientific Name (Notes)
Other Names
Leguminosae/Faboideae: LV: alternate, u. pinnately or palmately compound, u. entire, stipule, pulvinus; FL: 5 petals u. irregular (banner, wings, keel), style long arching, ovary superior; FR: u. legume; BU: ST: root nodules; EC:
Alternate, Stipules, pulvinus u. pinnately or palmately compound u. entire P: 5, u. irregular (banner, wings, keel) White; Yellow; Red; Pink; Blue; Violet; Green; Brown P: style long arching; O: superior u. Legume (simple pistil, 2 sutures) R: nodules Leguminosae/Faboideae: LV: alternate, u. pinnately or palmately compound, u. entire, stipule, pulvinus; FL: 5 petals u. irregular (banner, wings, keel), style long arching, ovary superior; FR: u. legume; BU: ST: root nodules; EC:
Hog peanut Amphicarpaea bracteata Amphicarpaea Palmate (3Pal), Deltoid Entire A: Acute; B: Truncate Irregular Herbaceous, Vine Tendrils Forest Hopkins Forest Hog peanut Amphicarpaea bracteata
Groundnut Apios americana Apios Alternate Pinnate, Ovate Entire Irregular Raceme, Axillary <1" Vine Fruit raw; Root raw Groundnut Apios americana Wild bean
Freckled milkvetch Astragalus lentiginosus Astragalus pinnate (11-19 leaflets) purple May-July Legume inflated bladder-like, beaked yellow herb, <1' Abiquiu, NM Freckled milkvetch Astragalus lentiginosus spotted locoweed
Wild indigo Baptisia tinctoria Baptisia Wild indigo Baptisia tinctoria
Samota Coursetia glandulosa Coursetia Pinnate Irregular White with yellow keel Raceme Winter Legume Shrub, >6' Coronado NF AZ Samota Coursetia glandulosa coursetia
Scotch broom Cytisus scoparius Cytisus Linear <1" Irregular Yellow Shrub Green Roadside; Grasslands/Fields Cape Cod Scotch broom Cytisus scoparius
Feather dalea Dalea formosa Dalea P: Irregular, Plumose Red/Pink/Orange Head-globose, Terminal Shrub Saguaro NP AZ Feather dalea Dalea formosa
Smoketree Dalea spinosa Dalea u. leafless blue, purple shrub light gray, 1-2" thorns near Coronado NF AZ Smoketree Dalea spinosa smokethorn, corona de Cristo, indigo bush
Showy tick-trefoil Desmodium canadense Desmodium Irregular Showy tick-trefoil Desmodium canadense
Pointed-leaf tick-trefoil Desmodium glutinosum Desmodium Pointed-leaf tick-trefoil Desmodium glutinosum
Naked tick-trefoil Desmodium nudiflorum Desmodium Forest Naked tick-trefoil Desmodium nudiflorum
Common Name (Image)
Scientific Name (Notes)
Genus
LV: Attachment
LV: Shape
LV: Edge
LV: Apex/Base
LV: Size/Surface
FL: Petals/Sepals
FL: Color
FL: Arrangement
FL: Size/Season
FL: Stamen/Pistil/Ovary
FR: Type
FR: Color
FR: Size/Season
ST: Type/Size/Growth
ST: Surface/Color
ST: Buds/Roots
EC: Edible
EC: Habitat
EC: Observations
Common Name (Image)
Scientific Name (Notes)
Other Names
Beach pea Lathyrus japonicus Lathyrus Irregular Fruit raw Coastal Cape Cod Beach pea Lathyrus japonicus
Bush clover Lespedeza capitata Lespedeza Bush clover Lespedeza capitata
Bush clover Lespedeza hirta Lespedeza Roadside Bush clover Lespedeza hirta
Bush clover Lespedeza intermedia Lespedeza Forest Bush clover Lespedeza intermedia
Birdfoot trefoil Lotus corniculatus Lotus Irregular Roadside Birdfoot trefoil Lotus corniculatus Bastard indigo
Wild lupine Lupinus perennis Lupinus Irregular Wild lupine Lupinus perennis
Desert lupine Lupinus sparsiflorus Lupinus Palmate, 5-9 leaflets, Linear leaflets leaflets up to 1 1/2" long P: Irregular, 5 parts (banner, wings, keel), upper lip deeply lobed Blue, Violet w/ yellow spot Raceme <1", January-May Legume, flattened pod, 4–5 seeds up to 1 1/2" Herb Desert, below 3,000' Phoenix, AZ: Sonoran Desert Reserve Desert lupine Lupinus sparsiflorus Coulter's lupine
Black medick Medicago lupulina Medicago Waste places; Roadside Black medick Medicago lupulina
Alfalfa Medicago sativa Medicago Grassland/Fields; Roadside Alfalfa Medicago sativa
White sweet clover Melilotus alba Melilotus Irregular Roadside White sweet clover Melilotus alba
Common Name (Image)
Scientific Name (Notes)
Genus
LV: Attachment
LV: Shape
LV: Edge
LV: Apex/Base
LV: Size/Surface
FL: Petals/Sepals
FL: Color
FL: Arrangement
FL: Size/Season
FL: Stamen/Pistil/Ovary
FR: Type
FR: Color
FR: Size/Season
ST: Type/Size/Growth
ST: Surface/Color
ST: Buds/Roots
EC: Edible
EC: Habitat
EC: Observations
Common Name (Image)
Scientific Name (Notes)
Other Names
Yellow sweet clover Melilotus officinalis Melilotus Irregular Waste places Yellow sweet clover Melilotus officinalis yellow melilot, ribbed melilot, common melilot
Ironwood Olneya tesota Olneya Evergreen Pinnate (5-9 leaflets 3/4" long, one terminal leaflet), leaflets oblong up to 2" long; Blue-green Irregular, pea-like (banner, wings, keel) Pink, Lavender, White Raceme, Axillary May-Jun Legume, 1-3 seeds Brown, tomentose up to 2 1/2", Summer Tree, up to 30', up to 18" diameter Thorn 1/2" long, 2/leaf node; Gray, smooth new growth; fissured, dark gray with age Fruit raw, cooked Desert, Riparian Phoenix, AZ: Spur Cross Ranch Ironwood Olneya tesota
Bristly locust Robinia hispida Robinia Coastal Bristly locust Robinia hispida Rose acacia
New-mexican locust Robinia neomexicana Robinia pinnate (7-15) 4-6" Irregular blue/violet legume brown 2 thorns at leaf base AZ - Grand Canyon New-mexican locust Robinia neomexicana New Mexico locust, Southwest locust, Desert locust, Pink locust, rose locust
Black locust Robinia pseudoacacia Robinia Irregular Tree Poisonous Forest Black locust Robinia pseudoacacia
Clammy locust Robinia viscosa Robinia Clammy locust Robinia viscosa
Yellow clover Trifolium agrarium Trifolium Roadside; Waste places; Grasslands/Fields Yellow clover Trifolium agrarium Hop clover
Rabbit's-foot clover Trifolium arvense Trifolium Waste places; Roadside; Grasslands/Fields Rabbit's-foot clover Trifolium arvense
Hop-clover Trifolium aureum Trifolium Waste places Hop-clover Trifolium aureum
Low hop-clover Trifolium campestre Trifolium Low hop-clover Trifolium campestre
Common Name (Image)
Scientific Name (Notes)
Genus
LV: Attachment
LV: Shape
LV: Edge
LV: Apex/Base
LV: Size/Surface
FL: Petals/Sepals
FL: Color
FL: Arrangement
FL: Size/Season
FL: Stamen/Pistil/Ovary
FR: Type
FR: Color
FR: Size/Season
ST: Type/Size/Growth
ST: Surface/Color
ST: Buds/Roots
EC: Edible
EC: Habitat
EC: Observations
Common Name (Image)
Scientific Name (Notes)
Other Names
Least hop clover Trifolium dubium Trifolium Palmate (3Pal), Ovate Irregular White Head-globose, Terminal Herbaceous Leaf raw; Flower raw; Stem raw Roadside; Waste places Least hop clover Trifolium dubium
Alsike clover Trifolium hybridum Trifolium Palmate (3Pal), Ovate Irregular White Head-globose, Terminal Herbaceous Leaf raw; Flower raw; Stem raw Roadside; Grasslands/Fields Alsike clover Trifolium hybridum
Red clover Trifolium pratense Trifolium Palmate (3Pal), Ovate Entire Irregular Red/Pink/Orange Head-globose, Terminal Herbaceous Leaf raw; Flower raw; Stem raw Roadside; Grasslands/Fields Red clover Trifolium pratense
Low hop clover Trifolium procumbens Trifolium Roadside; Waste places Low hop clover Trifolium procumbens
White clover Trifolium repens Trifolium Palmate (3Pal), Ovate Irregular White Head-globose, Terminal Herbaceous Leaf raw; Flower raw; Stem raw Roadside; Grasslands/Fields White clover Trifolium repens
American vetch Vicia americana Vicia tendril pinnate irregular blue/violet axillary 1/2"-1", May-Jul legume 3/4" herb, 1-4" NM American vetch Vicia americana purple vetch, mat vetch
Cow vetch Vicia cracca Vicia Irregular Grassland/Fields Cow vetch Vicia cracca Bitter vetch
Common Name (Image)
Scientific Name (Notes)
Genus
LV: Attachment
LV: Shape
LV: Edge
LV: Apex/Base
LV: Size/Surface
FL: Petals/Sepals
FL: Color
FL: Arrangement
FL: Size/Season
FL: Stamen/Pistil/Ovary
FR: Type
FR: Color
FR: Size/Season
ST: Type/Size/Growth
ST: Surface/Color
ST: Buds/Roots
EC: Edible
EC: Habitat
EC: Observations
Common Name (Image)
Scientific Name (Notes)
Other Names
CLASSIFICATION
LEAVES
FLOWERS
FRUIT
STEM
ECOLOGY
CLASSIFICATION