April 17th, 2009, 04:40 PM
photographed on edge of a disused railway line (lower kilburn,derbyshire) i believe it is a vetch but not sure which one? can anyone clarify?
April 17th, 2009, 05:44 PM
Difficult one Michael (difficult group of plants!) - I would guess at a "Kidney Vetch", either Anthyllis vulneraria (Yellow Kidney Vetch, which is not always yellow!) or A. montana (Mountain Kidney Vetch).
Maybe just a dwarf "Sweet Pea"!
April 17th, 2009, 05:50 PM
Thanks colin, the best of it is, i used to know the vetch's family quite well, but have got out of touch!
April 17th, 2009, 06:09 PM
Can you get a pic of the foliage as well? Would help a lot.
April 17th, 2009, 06:27 PM
the next time i do the walk, i shall photograph the rest of it!
April 18th, 2009, 10:21 PM
here is the foliage of the plant.
April 18th, 2009, 11:41 PM
Fairly certain it is Bitter-vetch Lathyrus linifolius, that matches on winged stem, 6 leaflets, no tendrils.
April 19th, 2009, 08:25 AM
thanks michael, thats a new one for me, dont recall seeing it in the past.
May 7th, 2009, 10:59 PM
Its definately not Anthyllis. Its what we here call Lathyrus montanus |(bitter vetch)- near enough - Several regional variations.
Can be the food plant of Wood White butterfly.
May 8th, 2009, 12:48 AM
Lathyrus montanus is a synonym of Lathyrus linifolius.