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Crown Vetch by the lake

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Punxsutawney, United States

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Sony Cyber Shot 100V
July 2014
Cloe Lake, Pennsylvania-USA
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This summer seems to be void of many of the flowers and insects and as I make this walk I am constantly looking for something to shoot. I liked the look of these wild flowers that grew down by the lake.
Description:

Appearance: Perennial herbaceous plant, growing 2 – 6’ long stems with a reclining and trailing growth pattern. In winter and early spring crown vetch can be easily recognized as brown unsightly patches.

Leaves: Pinnately (feather-like) compound, (leaflets on both sides of a common stalk) with 15 – 25 pairs of oblong leaflets.

Flowers: Clustered in flat-topped umbels ranging from pink, lavender to white on extended stalks which grow from the leaf axils; blooming from May through August.

Seeds: Slender seeds are contained in finger-like pods; they remain viable in the soil for 15 years.

Roots: Spread vegetatively with horizontal stems growing below the soil surface, called rhizomes, forming roots and producing new plants. They can grow up to 10’ long, contributing to extensive vegetative spread.
Ecological Threat:

It is now a serious invader of prairies and dunes.
It is found in disturbed remnant prairies and woodland edges, gravel bars along streams, as well as agricultural land and roadsides. It prefers open and sunny areas.
It was introduced from Europe and southeast Asia during the 1950s as groundcover, bank and slope stabilizer along roads and waterways, and as green fertilizer crop, and it is still sold commercially.

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