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beach pea

either of two plants of the legume family, Lathyrus japonicus, of seashores of the North Temperate Zone, or L. littoralis, of the temperate western coast of North America, both having oblong leaves and clusters of pealike flowers.
Origin of beach pea
1795-1805, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Among the plants to be found at the headland are native beach plum, beach pea and red and white shore roses.
  • Salt-spray rose and beach pea form scattered thickets on the back side of the dune.
  • beach pea is a sprawling perennial vine that grows in beach and dune environments.
  • Yucca, prickly pear, and beach pea were incidental within this zone.

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