Onobrychis gracilis Besser, 1821
Common names: Slender Sainfoin [En], Zierliche Esparsette [De]
Profilia, RHODES ● Greece
Description: Perennial, woody at base, with ascending or suberect stems, 40-70 cm high. Leaves with 5-9 pairs of narrow, linear or linear-oblong leaflets, 12-18 x (l-)2-3 mm, adpressed pilose. Stipules scarious, white, connate, c. 5 mm. Peduncles clearly longer than the leaves. Inflorescence narrow, linear before anthesis, much elongating in fruit. Calyx ± glabrous except for pubescent margins, 4-5 mm long with teeth 1-2½ x length of tube. Corolla pink; standard 5-7 mm; wings 2-3 mm; keel 4-5 mm. Fruit 2.5-5 mm with an indumentum of short adpressed hairs and covered with short linear hard straight spines (rarely almost absent).
Recognised by the narrow linear leaflets with a pilose indumentum, the long peduncles and the small corollas with the standards clearly longer than the keels. (Širjaev, 1925).
Biology: Flowering from April to July.
Habitat: Fallow fields, waste ground, shaley banks, rocky slopes, in garigue. s.l.-1500 m.
Distribution: Western Syria, Turkey (West and Southern Anatolia, islands), Moldova, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Former Yugoslavia, Greece (Rhodes, Ikaria), Romania.
The Flora of Lake Van Basin
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