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A tangle of vetches

I referred to fields on Lydd Ranges that were full of meadow vetchling the other day, though the flowers appeared as tiny yellow dots in a broader landscape, so here in all it's glory is the plant itself.


The leaves of this plant occur in pairs, with no leaf stalk, and have a pointed tip, and a tendril emerges from near the base of the leaves.  This enables the plant to clamber through vegetation and form large clumps, probably the reason why it was the dominant species at Lydd where the fields are managed with a single hay cut each year.

This plant frequently grows with another climbing vetch, tufted vetch, though the leaves of this plant have 8-12 paired leaflets.

And the flowers of this species are totally different.

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