Coronilla minima

Scientific Name: Coronilla minima (Fabaceae).

English Name: (Legume family).

French Name: Coronille naine (='dwarf little crown').

5 Key Characters:
  • low growing (usually 10 - 20 cm high).
  • leaves in 2 - 4 pairs.
  • 4 - 12 small yellow flowers (5 - 7 mm) in a ring at the top of a long stem.
  • straight seedpods 10 - 45 mm long.

Lookalikes: Horseshoe Vetch Hippocrepis comosum, which is larger and much more abundant and widespread.

Habitat: Calcareous grasslands and hillsides. Dry sunny impoverished calcareous soils.

Flowering Period: March-April-May-June-July.

Status: Rare.

Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:

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