The meadow vetchling (or meadow pea) with its paired leaves with a forked vine at the end of the leaf and beautiful yellow flowers appearing in long-stalked clusters are easily distinguished from other vetchlings and pea-species. The meadow vetchling has a climbing stalk and it reaches towards the skies at is grows, clinging on to leaves of other plants. The meadow vetchling is very welcome in a meadow.
The plants in natural meadows rely on themselves alone to survive, as no one gives them fertilizer to grow and the meadow pea has learnt this task the best. It ‘leases’ its roots to nitrogen-fixing bacteria which attract nitrogen from the air and supply the meadow vetchling with all necessary nutrients. Nitrogen-fixing bacteria are not able to attract nitrogen on their own if they live freely outside plant roots, so they need the meadow vetchling as well. Each year, as a proportion of the this plant’s roots die, a part of the fixed nitrogen also is transferred to other plants in the meadow.
The meadow vetchling is found not only in natural meadows and pastures. She has learnt to adapt to life in sown pastures, roadsides and along fields and forests. A large number of plants from natural meadows have not been successful in adapting in this way and these plants (milkwort, lesser butterfly orchid, maiden pink, shingled gladiolus and other) diminish in numbers around us. Natural meadows and pastures cover only 0.7% of Latvia’s territory and this area reduces even more as natural meadows are left unattended or are ploughed, forested, used for building development, etc.
Venue: Meadows of the Drusku hill not far from Korneti, Veclaicene parish, Alūksne district.
Venue: Rūšu meadows, Smārde parish, Engure district not far from the hill “Milzkalna”.
SCIENCE: Solvita Rūsiņa, Agnese Priede
PRODUCER AND SCENOGRAPHER: Roberts Rubīns
MUSIC: Aigars Voitišķis, Andris Sējāns, Ingus Ulmanis, Kaspars Tobis, Reinis Sējāns.
I am an assistant professor at the University of Latvia, Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences. I teach Biogeography, Field Course in Geosciences, Latvia’s Soils and Biota.
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