SPECIES DESCRIPTION
VICIA MELANOPS

Family:- LEGUMINOSAE/Sect. VICIA

Common Names:- None

Synonyms:- None

Meaning:- Vicia (L) Binder, to bind, a name used by the Roman naturalist and
philosopher Pliny for vetch.
                  Melanops (L) Black-eyed.
                            
General description:- Scrambling pubescent annual.

Stems:- 20-70 cm tall.

Leaves:-
1) Leaflets 5-10 pairs, 5-20 2-8 mm,  oblong to obovate, obtuse to emarginate,  
    stipules small, entire, tendril branched.
2) Uppermost leaves, (above the flowers), pale greenish-yellow.

Flowers:-
1) (1-)2-4 in short-pedicellate axillary clusters.
2) Calyx-teeth unequal, the lower equalling the tube.
3) Mouth of the calyx tube oblique, teeth unequal.
4) Corolla 15-22 mm; standard tawny greenish-yellow, wings dull purplish-black.

Fruit:-
1) Legume 20-50(-80) 6-12 mm, brown, glabrous, margin tuberculate, pubescent.
2) Seeds 4-7; hilum 1/5-1/4 of the circumference.

Key features:-
1) Uppermost leaves (above ?owers) pale greenish-yellow.
2) Standard tawny greenish-yellow, wings dull purplish-black.

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Habitat:- Seasonally damp spots in scrub, open woodland and olive groves, 0-800
m

Distribution:- lrregularly distributed throughout the Greek mainland and
Peloponnisos. - Also in C Italy, Balkan Peninsula and W Anatolia.
Previously unrecorded from Crete, found near the village of Flathiakes, by Stavros
Skarl, July 2023..

Flowering time:- End of March to early June.

Photos by:- Stavros Skarl