West Highland Flora

Tufted Vetch


Vicia cracca

 

Vicia cracca

Photo Carl Farmer
1 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

Common on roadsides areas of rough vegetation, scrambling over other plants.

Flowers c 10-12 mm long.

ID: Distinctive for the large number of flowers, 10-40 densely packed in a one-sided spike at the end of a long bare stalk.  Flowers deep blue-purple, not pale like Wood Vetch.  Leaflets normally 8-12 pairs, leaves end in branched tendrils.

Other features: Calyx teeth very unequal, the upper ones minute.

 

  Vicia cracca

Photo Carl Farmer
1 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

 
     
     
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