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Spring Vetch

Vicia sativa

Description:

Small pink flowers, with blossoms perhaps 1/2 inch wide. It has little tendrils that twist around grass/other plants.

Habitat:

Edge of woods

Notes:

In the pea family. From the referred web-site: "These plants have small, round, black "cups" on the stems that attract ants. These glands (extrafloral nectaries) protect the flowers from being entered by nectar-robbing ants. The seeds of Vicia species contain the tongue-twisting toxin beta-cyano-L-alanine."

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Melissa_M
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Hohenwald, Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Apr 27, 2014
Submitted on Aug 27, 2015

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