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Bitter Vetch

Lathyrus linifolius

Plant Data

Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
An early flowering plant of the pea family. Reddish-purple flowers, later fading to a bluish hue. Flowers are on long stalks. The dark bluish-green sepals are joined.
Fruit:
Reddish brown pods, up to 4.5cm long.
Leaves:
Pinnate leaves. 2 to 4 pairs of slender leaflets terminating into a point. No tendrils.
Maximum Size:
40cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Slightly toxic so it would perhaps be good advice not to eat this plant.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Bitter Vetchling, Heath Pea, Tuberous Pea.
Habitats:
Grassland, heathland, hedgerows, meadows, scrub, woodland.