Apr. 25, 2019

beach pea, Lathyrus japonicus

Beach pea is our coconut. It grows on beaches in the old and new worlds. Its seeds remain viable for up to five years as they float around the world looking for new shores. The very hard seed coats can only germinate after being worn by sand and gravel where they land. But wait! How then did they get UP the St. Lawrence River to the Great Lakes? Or to their other inland lake sites? In the stomachs of birds, of course. And that's another good place to get abraded by gravel. Native practically world wide, with us beach pea occurs in AK, CA, CT, IL(E), IN(E), MA, ME, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH(T), OR, PA(T), RI, VT(T), WA, WI, all provinces except SK, and on GL and SPM. Keweenaw Co MI, 7/12/14.