After all that bone (more likely to come up soon!), I finally decided to indulge my inner botanist and do the obvious: Draw a plant. The aim was not to create an artistic masterpiece, but a clear depiction of the organism that shows key features – the type of picture you may find in a text book or field guide. The plant I picked is Lathyrus japonicus, the beach pea. If you are unfamiliar with the beast, its English name really says it all: It is a member of the pea family (Fabaceae) that tends to grow on beaches, and in regions where it occurs, you will often find it climbing across rock or wood on the upper shore line. It has bright purple flowers that tend to stand out, so is easy to spot.