Tripodion tetraphyllum - Bladder Vetch

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

Tripodion tetraphyllum, Bladder Vetch

Bladder Vetch, a member of the Pea family, is common throughout the Mediterranean region and is often to be found on waste or cultivated land, road and tracksides.

Bladder Vetch, flowers and seed pods

This plant thrives on bare, stony ground, where it blooms from March until June, and the inflated seed pods turn red as they ripen.

Bladder Vetch, seed pods

The specimens shown above were photographed in the Algarve in April.

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