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Vicia sativa var. sativa
common vetch
Fabaceae (Pea family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Vicia sativa var. sativa
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Species Information

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General:
Perennial herb; stems upright or climbing, glabrous to stiff-hairy, 30-80 cm tall.
Leaves:
Alternate, pinnately compound; leaflets 8 to 16, linear-oblong to oblanceolate or egg-shaped, 1.5-3.5 cm long, squared-off to notched and with a slender point at the tip; tendrils well developed, branched, grasping; stipules 3-8 mm long, often deeply toothed, sometimes arrowhead-shaped, often with a dark blotch.
Flowers:
Inflorescence an axillary, barely-stalked raceme of 1-3 (usually a pair of) pea-like flowers; corollas purple to whitish, 15-25 mm long, the wings sometimes reddish; calyx-teeth nearly equal in size, awl-shaped, the lower teeth equalling or exceeding the bell-shaped tube.
Fruits:
Pods, narrowly oblong, 3-7 cm long, initially hairy becoming glabrous; seeds 4 to 12.
Notes:
Two varieties occur in BC:

1. Flowers usually at least 18 mm long, the wings often red; leaflets oblanceolate or broader................... var. sativa

1. Flowers usually less than 18 mm long, the wings usually not red; leaflets variable but often linear.................... var. angustifolia (L.) Wahlenb.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic roadsides, clearings and waste places in the lowland zone; infrequent on SE Vancouver Island and adjacent islands and the lower mainland; rare on the Queen Charlotte Islands; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Climate

The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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