Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Smooth Veiny Peavine
Lathyrus venosus
Family: Fabaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  S
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S2S3

Dry to mesic slopes, especially in base-rich soils.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early May to late June.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Lathryus species have a terminal tendril of the leaf, distinguishing them from other herbaceous legumes. This species has 8-12 leaflets. The inflorescence is a raceme with 10-20 flowers.

Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed. Avoid creating access to the site through trail or road construction. In general, this plant occurs in open dry habitats and will likely decline as shrubs and overstory decreases light.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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