Grass Vetchling

I took these photos of Grass Vetchling (Lathyrus nissolia) near Lawrence Weston today.

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This is a relatively scarce plant around Bristol, but it has some strong populations around the southern and northwestern fringes of the city. The solitary crimson flowers are distinctive; however, as you can see in the second photo, the leaves are very grass-like, and so noticing the presence of Grass Vetchling when it isn’t in flower is much more tricky.

This second photo is a representatve shot of Grass Vetchling’s habitat: grassy banks or verges. This particular site was at the edge of the disused lane which leads up from the end of Lawrence Weston Road to the footbridge over the M5 motorway.

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