Horseshoe Vetch - Hippocrepis comosa
Low, usually prostrate, hairy plant, woody at the base. Leaves pinnate with three to eight pairs of linear to oval leaflets. Flowers, yellow, 6 to 10 mm, in stalked heads of five to 12, the standard petal with a distinct claw. Pods twisting, with horse-shoe shaped segments.
Bird's-foot trefoils have similar yellow flower-heads (but very different leaves and seed-pods)
leaves with many pairs of leaflets; fruit flattened with several horseshoe-shaped segments
A photograph of the plant in its habitat, but showing leaves and/or fruits as well as flowers
Short, dry turf on chalk and limestone.
Flowers April to July.
Widespread, but local in England, scarce in many other areas of Britain and absent in the far north.
Scarce and local in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.
In the current checklist (Jeeves 2011) it is listed as Native; calcareous grassland. There are few recent records.
It is on the Rare Plant Register
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