Hairy Tare - Vicia hirsuta

    Description

    Short to medium hairy plant. Leaves with 4 to 10 pairs of oblong leaflets. Flowers, whitish with a pale lilac tinge, small 2 to 4 mm with 1 to 8 in a short raceme. Pod black, 6 to 11 mm 2 seeded and hairy, usually black.

    Similar Species

    Smooth Tare is similar, but the two species can be separated with care. Smooth Tare flowers are larger and more purple in colour. See the marked diagram below for a comparison of the two species.

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    Habitat

    Dry grassy places, rough grassland, roadside verges.

    When to see it

    May to August.

    Life History

    Annual.

    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain except for parts of northern Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 342 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map