Anagyris foetida (60)
|Anagyris foetida L|
English name: Stinking bean trefoil
Spanish name: Algarrobo hediondo
The most important pollinators of Anagyris foetida L. (Fabaceae), a Mediterranean species that is a relict of the Tertiary, are three species of passeriforms: Phylloscopus collybita Vieillot, Sylvia atricapilla L. and S. melanocephala Gmelin. The negligible existence of insect visitors and pollinators of A. foetida flowers could be explained by the early flowering of this species during the autumn-winter, coinciding with the coolest and wettest months of the year. (1)
In spite of its name, this plant hast not a bad smell at all. I have crushed a leave and a fruit and it smells is not worse than a bean. This remembers me the saying: There's no accounting for taste.
Here you can see a full view of the bush.
(1) IberiaNature: Ana Ortega-Olivencia, Tomás Rodríguez-Riaño, Francisco J. Valtueña, Josefa López, Juan A. Devesa