Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Erophaca baetica ssp baetica /Astragalus lusitanicus

Erophaca baetica ssp baetica  Iberian milkvetch

Synonym Astragalus lusitanicus


This plant has undergone a name change to Erophaca baetica and it flowers from January to April. It is one of my favourite plants as it appears so early and is so beautiful. It grows to a height of 30-70cms and can be found at an altitude of 300-1,500metres. This specie is endemic to southern Spain and NW Africa. It is found on dry slopes and also in Holm and Cork oak woods. This photograph was taken near to Grazalema. It's beans are highly toxic to man and beast.

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