Vicia lutea Fabaceae Yellow Vetch

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Description - A low-growing plant forming small patches in short grassland, with pale yellow pea-flowers, with a blue tinge, owing to faint blue veins, at least in newly opened flowers. Flowers are followed by brown, hairy seed-pods. The leaves have 3-8 pairs of leaflets and an apical tendril.

Habitat - Sandy coastal soil

Comments - This plant is very restricted in the island, growing only in the L'Erée area, with a few records from other areas, none of them very recent. It is also rare on the mainland, only occurring on the south coast, and on sea cliffs in the south of Scotland.

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