Vicia americana (American Vetch) - photos and description

Vicia americana

Vicia americana

Vicia americana

Vicia americana

Vicia americana

General: Perennial climbing legume, stems square, and with stem tips having tendrils. Plants have very short hairs on stems.

Flowers: Flowers grow in racemes, are purple-blue to pink in colour. Flower measured to 2 cm long.

Leaves: Leaves are pinnate, we counted up to 11 leaflets. Leaflets are oblong, leaflet measured to 25 mm long and 6 mm wide. Leaflets strongly veined on top. There are very short hairs on leaf top and bottom.

Height: Budd's Flora lists length of stems to 80 cm, we measured stems to 43 cm long.

Habitat: Bluffs, ravines, and shady prairie.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Took the above photos June 17th, prairie hillside near Claybank about 70 km south of Regina.