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Tufted Vetch

Tufted Vetch
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-04
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/10 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-10 18:35
Viewed: 2806
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While driving along Tappan Lake, Rosie and I kept noticing large bunches of purple flowers that lined the roadside along route 250 adjacent to the lake.

We pulled over and I took some shots, but I really couldn't identify the plant. After much searching I checked out mywildflowers.com on the internet and found their identity.

They are an invasive species that apparently has invaded this area of the state. This is just one of many types of invasive species that compete for space with native plants here in Ohio

Tufted Vetch Vicia cracca, also occasionally known as Cow Vetch or Bird Vetch, is a common species of vetch is not native throughout North America, but native in Europe and Asia. It occurs in grassy fields and meadows, and roadside ditches.
Tufted Vetch is similar to a pea in growth habit, sending out noose-like tendrils from the tips of its leaves when it contacts another plant and securely fastens itself. This can cause "strangling" of smaller plants. An individual plant may reach a length (or height) of 2 m and its tap root may extend up to 1 m. The leaves are 3-8 cm long, pinnate, with 8-12 pairs of leaflets, each leaflet 5-10 mm long.

Info From: Wikipedia (The Free Encyclopedia)

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Ron, proud to be your neighbour!
I love this shot, and the note makes for a very interesting read...
Regards to Rosie and you,

Hi Ron

Great shot of the invader. Its interesting who so many invasive plants are attractive to look at. Maybe that's an adaptation they use to their advantage.
Great colour, sharpness and composition.


Hi Ron,

Excellent note and photo too. Beautiful purple flowers, too bad they're invasives. Very nice image, good and sharp and an attractive composition.


Bonjour Ron,
Très bonne composition sous une excellente lumière qui fait resplendir une incroyable palette de couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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