It is a finely hairy annual plant, growing in dry, sandy ground, often near the sea, and producing sprawling stems with clusters of two to four lemon-yellow pea-type flowers, often with some borne inverted.
Its native distribution is in southern and western Europe and North Africa. It occurs as a scarce plant in south-west England, southern Wales, southern Ireland and in the Channel Islands. It also occurs as an introduced species in Hawaii and Australia.
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