Irish wildflowers

Photographs: Ballingeary, Co.Cork

Bitter Vetch
Lathyrus linifolius
Corra meille
Family: Fabaceae

Flowering time: April-July. Perennial. Native.

Short racemes of 2-6 flowers, pinky-crimson, fading to blue-green.
Leaves with 2-4 pairs leaflets, narrow-oblong, blunt or pointed.
Grows from tuberous rhizome. Erect growth habit.
Winged stems, usually unbranched. No tendrils. Height: 15-40 cm.

Frequent except in central Ireland. Infertile neutral and acidic soils. Heathy or rocky grassland, woods, roadsides, river-banks.

Photographs above: Bitter Vetch. Ballingeary, Co.Cork. April 2007

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