Ononis viscosa

Sticky rest-harrow                                                                                                Ονωνίδα

Fabaceae - pea family                                                                                            Dicot.


A soft green, sparsley branched plant with vertical main stem, sticky rest-harrow, Ononis viscosa, grows quickly in springtime producing flowers and then seed pods before the summer drought sets in. It protects itself from high temperatures and high light levels by its abundant hairs which produce a sticky volatile substance which creates a cloud around the plant.

The genus name Ononis has been used since ancient Greek times for this group of plants which were fed to donkeys.

10-15 mm,30-50cm                                                                                                JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

Ononis from ancient Greek name ονωνίς from onos (όνος) - donkey

viscosa from Latin viscosi - sticky

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