SPECIES DESCRIPTION
ANAGYRIS FOETIDA

Family and Genus:- See- LEGUMINOSAE

Common Names:- Bean trefoil

Homotypic Synonyms:-  None

Meaning:- Anagyris (Gr) Backwards-turned, reference to the curved seed pods.
                  Foetida (L) Foul smelling.

General description:- Deciduous shrub 1-3 m tall, all parts of plant foul-smell-
ing when crushed.

Leaves:-
1) 3-foliolate, with small, stipules, 5mm, connate.
2) Leaflets, 30-70 x 10-30 mm, short-petiolulate, elliptical, entire, glabrous above,
    appressed-pubescent beneath, somewhat glaucous.

Flowers:-
1) Flowers in short axillary clusters on woody branches, concealed among the
    leaves.
2) Corolla, 18-25 mm, greenish-yellow, standard shorter than the keel and wings,
    with a large purplish-brown spot.

Fruit:-
1) Legume, large (l0-20 cm), pendent, somewhat compressed, pale greenish-
    yellow, slightly constricted between the seeds.
2) Seeds, 3-8 large, violet or yellow.

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Habitat:- Coastal habitats, roadsides, gorges, archaeological sites. 0-800 m.

Distribution:- Widespread throughout the Mediterranean area and SW Asia
eastwards t W. Iran. Widespread and common on Crete.

Flowering time:- Feb to early May.

Photos by:- Steve Lenton