Vetch (Coronilla varia)
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Crown Vetch (Coronilla varia)
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(Vetch, Crown (Coronilla varia) - 01
Crown vetch, a member of the Pea family (Leguminosae), grows on creeping
stems that sometimes mound up to more than a foot in height. The leaves of
the crown vetch, which grow alternately along the stem, are pinnate with 5 to 12
pairs of leaflets.
(Vetch, Crown (Coronilla varia) - 01b
The tangled nature of the crown vetch creeping stems makes this wildflower ideal
for planting on banks to prevent erosion. In this photo we get a
closer look at the leaf structure, with oval shaped leaflets growing opposite
one another. The upper right of the photo shows new leaves forming,
and new green budded umbels growing from leaf axils.
(Vetch, Crown (Coronilla varia) - 02
This is one of the crown vetch umbels that has more than 15 flowers. Each
flower is bi-colored with a white incurved keel on the bottom and a pink
circular banner or canopy on the top. Both the common and scientific names
refer to the circular cluster of bi-colored pink and white flowers that looks
like a little crown. "Coronilla" is Latin for "little crown."
(Vetch, Crown (Coronilla varia) - 02a
In this bee's eye view of the crown vetch flowers, we can see the way the top of
the white petal keel is almost completely closed, and how the pink top banner curls upward.
(Vetch, Crown (Coronilla varia) - 03
This is another photo of the flowering umbel of a crown vetch. This one
has fewer flowers than the previous one. The size of the umbel is about
one inch in diameter.
(Vetch, Crown (Coronilla varia) - 05
This is another look at the six petals of the crown vetch flower. Two pink
scalloped petals form the banner and four white petals form the keel of the
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