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Horseshoe Vetch Pea family
Hippocrepis comosa Leguminosae (Fabaceae)

Horseshoe vetch is an uncommon flower, found on chalky soils, where it is the Larval Food Plant for the Chalkhill Blue butterfly. It has a similar flower to Bird's-foot trefoil, but has a pinnately lobed leaf (instead of a trefoil leaf), and the wavy bird's-foot-like seed pods break up into horseshoe-shaped segments.

Horseshoe vetch flower Horseshoe vetch flowers

Leaves Leaves Seeds
Leaves (pinnately lobed)   Seeds, with horseshoe-shaped segments




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