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Horseshoe Vetch

Hippocrepis comosa

Plant Data

Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
The flowers of Horseshoe Vetch are similar looking to Bird's-foot Trefoil. They are grouped together in circular clusters of 3 to 6 flowers.
Fruit:
Dark green or blackish, slender, pea-like pods. The curvy pods have joints which are said to resemble horseshoes joined together.
Leaves:
Slender, multi-pinnate, folded leaves with 4 or 5 pairs of oval, green leaflets.
Maximum Size:
20cm tall.
Other Names:
Unshoe-the-horse.
Habitats:
Cliffs, grassland, rocks, sea cliffs.