Monday, November 16, 2015

Meadow Vetchling

Another August plant: Meadow Vetchling, Lathyrus pratensis. It's fairly common and is a scrambler rather than prostrate like Bird's-foot trefoil. The clue is in the tendrils, just visible in the photo on the right. It is a member of the Pea family, Fabaceae, and like all of them, fixes atmospheric nitrogen via bacteria-containing nodules in its roots.
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