Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Vicia sativa L. subsp. nigra (L.) Ehrh. image
Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz           

Botanical Illustration

Emmet J. Judziewicz

John M. Schoeneker

Merel R. Black

Joshua J. Nemec
Family Fabaceae
Vicia sativa L. subsp. nigra (L.) Ehrh.
common vetch, narrow-leaved vetch, spring vetch
Vicia: the classical Latin name for this genus
sativa: sown
County distribution map- click for detailed distribution maps.
Detailed Distribution:
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Status: Introduced - escaped
Plant: Erect to drooping, often climbing, annual, up to 40 long forb
Flower: purple, 5-parted, 1" long, style tip hairy on the outer side only; inflorescence of 1 or usually a pair of nearly stalkless flowers from the upper leaf axils; blooms July-Sept.
Fruit:flattened, light brown pod with 4-12 seeds
Leaf:pinnately-divided into 4-8 pairs of oblong leaflets, leaf tips with tendrils
Habitat: moderate moisture; disturbed sites

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Vicia list Google- Images or Text
Vicia angustifolia L.
Vicia angustifolia L. var. segetalis (Thuill.) W.D.J.Koch
Vicia angustifolia L. var. uncinata (Desf. ex Nyman) Rouy
Vicia sativa L. var. angustifolia (L.) Ser.
Vicia sativa L. var. nigra L.
Vicia sativa L. var. segetalis (Thuill.) Ser.
Vicia segetalis Thuill.
Vicia uncinata Desf. ex Nyman

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