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Austrian peaweed (Sphaerophysa salsula)
ODA rating: B
 
USDA Symbol: SPSA3
Oregon Austrian peaweed
 
Other common names
Swainsonpea
 
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California Dept. of Food & Agriculture, Botany Laboratory

T. Fuller, California Dept. of Food & Agriculture, Botany Laboratory
Austrian Peaweed Fruit
California Dept. of Food & Agriculture, Botany Laboratory
 
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Identification
Perennial; flowers from May to July. A creeping plant with compound leaves; numerous leaflets oval and covered in hair. Flowers 1/4 to 1 inch long and orange-red. Many seeds in bladder-like translucent pods.
 
Impacts
This plant was introduced from Asia and is commonly found in western states in irrigated fields as well as moist soil in waste places along roadsides and fences. It is a potential threat to grain and alfalfa growing areas. The seed is a contaminant in alfalfa seed production; it is the same size, shape and weight, making it impossible to separate.
 
Introduction
This plant was introduced from Asia and is commonly found in western states along roadsides and fences.  It is a potential threat to grain and alfalfa growing areas; the seed is a contaminant in alfalfa seed which is the same size, shape and weight, making it impossible to seperate.
 
Distribution
The first recorded site in Oregon was 1936 in Umatilla County.
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Biological control
No approved biological control agent is available.