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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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28 June, 2010

Grass Vetchling (Lathyrus nissolia)

This is another of the nations rare flowers that can be found here in Dorset. Grass Vetchling is found on rough pasture by the sea along the coast from Devon to Lincolnshire and Dorset, especially Durlston CP is one of the best places to see it.

The plant of Grass Vetchling is almost indistinguishable from common grass varieties until its perfect, small, pea shaped flowers emerge for a short time in June and July. It is this resemblance to a grass that gives it its name, Grass Vetchling.

There are a couple of other places in Purbeck where they occur, on the cliffs around Kimmeridge Bay is one. I am not sure if it occurs outside Purbeck but would not be surprised to find it on Portland.

A lovely little gem, hard to find but well worth the effort.