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There are over 12,000 pea species across the globe including herbs, shrubs, climbers and trees. In the Wodonga region there are about 125 species, mainly native shrubs (such as Daviesia, Dillwynia and Pultenaea) and introduced herbaceous pasture species (such as clovers and lucerne). They are good colonisers of bare areas assisted by their ability to trap nitrogen from the air and increase soil fertility. Many of the native species are dispersed by ants, and will flourish after fire.

The native herbs and smaller shrubs are vulnerable to live-stock grazing and mainly occur in areas where grazing has been excluded or intermittent, such as within some Travelling Stock Reserves. 

Although relatively few in number, woody introduced peas, such as brooms, Gorse or Tree Lucerne are significant weeds. Exotic woody peas are a poor planting choice, as they are likely to stray far beyond the garden path.

All flowers of this family have the “sweet pea” butterfly shape, comprised of five often brightly coloured petals: the large upright standard at the back, two small lateral wings and the lower keel of two petals that are mostly fused.

Pea plants are generally distinguished from each other by their form (herb, shrub etc), their leaf characteristics, the colour of their flowers and the size and shape of their seed pods. Ideally postings of pea plants will include photographs that encapsulate all these features.

Photographs should show whether leaves are a single blade, or if not the number of leaflets of which they are composed. Photographs should also try and capture the pair of stipules or appendages that may occur at the base of the leaf stem. They can be leaf-like, membranous or spine like. 

 

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Pea Bossiaea prostrata (Creeping Bossiaea)

Bossiaea prostrata
Bossiaea prostrata
Bossiaea prostrata
Bossiaea prostrata
Bossiaea prostrata
Bossiaea prostrata

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Bossiaea sericea
Bossiaea sericea
Bossiaea sericea
Bossiaea sericea
Bossiaea sericea
Bossiaea sericea

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Pea Chamaecytisus palmensis (Tagasaste, Tree Lucerne)

Chamaecytisus palmensis
Chamaecytisus palmensis
Chamaecytisus palmensis
Chamaecytisus palmensis
Chamaecytisus palmensis
Chamaecytisus palmensis

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Pea Cullen microcephalum (Dusky Scurf-Pea / Mountain Psoralea)

Cullen microcephalum
Cullen microcephalum
Cullen microcephalum
Cullen microcephalum
Cullen microcephalum
Cullen microcephalum

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Pea Cullen parvum (Small Scurf-Pea)

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Pea Cullen tenax (Tough Scurf-Pea)

Cullen tenax
Cullen tenax
Cullen tenax
Cullen tenax
Cullen tenax
Cullen tenax

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Pea Daviesia genistifolia (Broom Bitter Pea)

Daviesia genistifolia
Daviesia genistifolia
Daviesia genistifolia
Daviesia genistifolia
Daviesia genistifolia
Daviesia genistifolia

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Pea Daviesia latifolia (Hop Bitter-Pea)

Daviesia latifolia
Daviesia latifolia
Daviesia latifolia
Daviesia latifolia
Daviesia latifolia
Daviesia latifolia

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Pea Daviesia ulicifolia (Gorse Bitter Pea)

Daviesia ulicifolia
Daviesia ulicifolia

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Daviesia ulicifolia subsp. ruscifolia
Daviesia ulicifolia subsp. ruscifolia
Daviesia ulicifolia subsp. ruscifolia
Daviesia ulicifolia subsp. ruscifolia
Daviesia ulicifolia subsp. ruscifolia
Daviesia ulicifolia subsp. ruscifolia

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Pea Desmodium gunnii (A Tick-Trefoil)

Desmodium gunnii
Desmodium gunnii
Desmodium gunnii
Desmodium gunnii
Desmodium gunnii
Desmodium gunnii

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Pea Desmodium varians (Slender Tick-Trefoil)

Desmodium varians
Desmodium varians
Desmodium varians
Desmodium varians
Desmodium varians
Desmodium varians

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Pea Dillwynia cinerascens (Grey Parrot-Pea)

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Pea Dillwynia phylicoides (A Parrot-Pea)

Dillwynia phylicoides
Dillwynia phylicoides
Dillwynia phylicoides
Dillwynia phylicoides
Dillwynia phylicoides
Dillwynia phylicoides

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Dillwynia retorta
Dillwynia retorta
Dillwynia retorta
Dillwynia retorta

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Pea Dillwynia sericea (Egg And Bacon Peas)

Dillwynia sericea
Dillwynia sericea
Dillwynia sericea
Dillwynia sericea
Dillwynia sericea
Dillwynia sericea

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Pea Genista monspessulana (Cape Broom, Montpellier Broom)

Genista monspessulana
Genista monspessulana
Genista monspessulana
Genista monspessulana
Genista monspessulana
Genista monspessulana

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Pea Gleditsia triacanthos (Honey Locust, Thorny Locust)

Gleditsia triacanthos Jackie Miles
Gleditsia triacanthos Jackie Miles
Gleditsia triacanthos Jackie Miles
Gleditsia triacanthos
Gleditsia triacanthos
Gleditsia triacanthos

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Pea Glycine clandestina (Twining Glycine)

Glycine clandestina
Glycine clandestina
Glycine clandestina
Glycine clandestina
Glycine clandestina
Glycine clandestina

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Pea Glycine tabacina (Variable Glycine)

Glycine tabacina
Glycine tabacina
Glycine tabacina
Glycine tabacina
Glycine tabacina
Glycine tabacina

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