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TUFTED VETCH

Vicia cracca

Pea Family [Fabaceae]  

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inner
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morph
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petals
petalsZ5
type
typeZspiked
stem
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19th July 2007, North Walney Island, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
A sprawling rift of Tufted Vetch.


10th July 2008, Carrington Mess, Greater Manchester. Photo: © RWD
Growing amongst Rosebay Willowherb.


14th August 2008, Adlington, Lancashire. Date, place, where Photo: © RWD
Tufted Vetch can climb sprawlingly up to 2 metres high.


14th August 2008, Adlington, Lancashire. Photo: © RWD
And always has a straggly appearance.


14th August 2008, Adlington, Lancashire. Photo: © RWD
The narrowish leaves are in 8 - 12 upwardly-angled opposite pairs.


19th July 2007, North Walney Island, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The purple/mauve flowers with the standard roughly as long as the claw.


21st June 2007 Photo: © RWD
Apart from the uppermost, the flowers are in adjacent pairs, all on the same side of the stem.


14th August 2008, Adlington, Lancashire. Photo: © RWD
The hairlessseed pods eventually turn brown.


25th June 2005, Peak Forest Canal, Strines, Derbyshire. Photo: © RWD
The climbing tendrils are paired up.


Some similarities to : Fine-leaved Vetch (Vicia tenuifolia) and to Fodder Vetch (Vicia villosa), but both of these are much less frequent in the UK occurring in only a few places, unlike Tufted Vetch which is almost ubiquitous throughout. Fodder Vetch is an introduced annual species quite rare apart from around London with larger flowers (10-20mm) which are a similar blue colour and the narrow 'stem' of the banner petal is twice as long (not roughly equal as in Tufted Vetch). Fine-leaved Vetch is more of a bluish-lilac to purple colour, rarer than Fodder Vetch and might just only be a sub-species of Tufted Vetch (?).

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TUFTED VETCH

Vicia cracca

Pea Family [Fabaceae]  

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