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Kidney Vetch

Anthyllis vulneraria     Fr: Anthyllis vulnéraire

 Vetch, Kidney photo vetch-kidney0018b.jpg

The kidney vetch is very variable, and can be erect, spreading, or along the ground. The stems are covered in short silky hairs, and are thickly lined with leaves.

Flowers. Mar-July

Flower. The flowers, up to 18 mm long, which can be red, purple or yellowish-white, are in the form of a dense head, similar in appearance to clover.

Leaves. The stems leaves have from 7 to 13 equal leaflets, with a larger end leaf. The plant has larger lower leaves, oval or lance shaped, and usually undivided.

Habitat. Garrigue, grassy and stony ground.

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