Sainfoin - Onobrychis viciifolia
Flowers pink with purple veins 10 to 14 mm in long stalked axillary racemes. Leaves pinnate with 13 - 29 pairs of oblong leaflets. Often introduced in wildflower seed, and there is a wide range of variation in habit, leaflet and corolla shape.
Many pairs of leaflets, pink to purple flowers in racemes
A photograph of the whole plant in its habitat, showing leaves as well as flowers
Grassland, short turf, bare ground.
May to August.
Local in the south of England and in Wales, quite rare elsewhere.
Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 2 of the 617 tetrads.
In the current checklist (Jeeves 2011) it is listed as Alien; disturbed ground; rare
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