SPECIES DESCRIPTION
LENS NIGRICANS

Family and Genus:- See- LEGUMINOSAE

Common Names:- None

Homotypic Synonyms:- Ervum nigricans, Lens nigricans subsp. ervoides.

Meaning:- Lens (L) The classical name for the lentil.
                  Nigricans (L) Almost black, blackish with age.

General description:- Annual.

Stems:-
1) 10-30 cm, patent-pubescent.

Leaves:-
1) Sometimes without tendrils.
2) Leaflets, 2-5 pairs, 5-10 x 15-2 mm, linear to oblong.
3) Stipules, semi-hastate or dentate.

Flowers:-
1) Racemes, 1- to 3-flowered, longer than the leaves.
2) Peduncle, with an articulation near the apex, aristate.
3) Calyx-teeth, 2-4 times as long as the tube.
4) Corolla, 4-7 mm, pale blue or lilac.

Fruit:-
1) Legume, 9-12 x 4-6 mm, yellowish, glabrous.
2) Seeds, 1-3. 

Key features:-
1) Stipules, semi-hastate or dentate.
2) Legume, glabrous.
3) Peduncle, usually aristate.

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Habitat:- Rocky and gravelly places in open dry shrubby vegetation , deciduous
oak scrub, dry meadows and road embankments. 0-900 m. on various substrates.

Distribution:- Scattered throughout the Aegean and wider Mediterranean extending 
to the Canary Islands and Caucasus. Rare with limited distribution on Crete.

Flowering time:- Apr to early June.

Photos by:- Charalambos Chiotelis