West Highland Flora

Hairy Tare

Vicia hirsuta


Photo Carl Farmer
11 Jun 2002 Berwick-upon-Tweed

Uncommon on waste or disturbed ground

Flowers c 4-5 mm long.

ID: Like a much smaller version of other vetches.  Flowers whitish-purple in stalked groups of 1-9, leaflets in 4-8 non-opposite pairs, leaves ending in a usually branched tendril.

Other features: An annual plant, scrambling over other vegetation or trailing on the ground, looking very slender and diminutive in all its parts, though plant as a whole may be quite sizeable.

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