Vicia Orobus, Wood Bitter-Vetch



Common name:
Wood bitter-vetch
Family:
Scientific name:
Vicia orobus
Main flower color:
Range:
Mainly in Wales and western Scotland
Height:
Up to 60 cm
Habitat:
Grassland and hillsides, in medium to high elevation areas
Flowers:
Around 15 mm long; a tubular corolla, with pinkish white tube, and pale purple petals crossed by darker coloured veins, especially the banner petal, which is only slightly recurved, by at most 45 degrees. The calyx is reddish, sparsely hairy, with five narrow teeth. Flowers form in tightly-packed vertical clusters of up to 20, atop relatively long stalks
Fruit:
Flattened, hairless, oblong pods, up to 3 cm long, pointed at the tip
Leaves:
Pinnately divided into between six and eleven pairs of hairless, oblong leaflets, terminating in a small spike. Leaflets have faint pinnate veins. No tendrils
Season:
May to July
Rarity:
★★★★