Ononis pusilla

Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Equisetopsida - Order: Fabales - Family: Fabaceae

Ononis pusilla


Ononis pusilla is a perennial woody plant and can form a substantial shrub. Its leaves are typically 6 to 10mm in length, trifoliate and usually elliptic or oblong. The yellow flowers are 6 to 12mm long and borne in dense racemes.


This member of the Pea family is common throughout the Mediterranean region.


Ononis pusilla prefers calcareous soils and can be found on rocky and stony ground and also in open pine forests.

Blooming times

These plants can be seen in flower between March and July.

This specimen was photographed in the Algarve, Portugal, in May.

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