E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Vicia hirsuta (L.) Gray
tiny vetch (hairy vetch)
Fabaceae (Pea family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems climbing or decumbent, 30-70 cm tall/long, slender, 4-angled, grooved, glabrous to finely hairy.
Alternate, pinnately compound; leaflets 12 to 18, linear to narrowly elliptic, 0.5-2 cm long, squared-off and notched or 1- to 5-toothed at the tip; tendrils well developed, usually branched, grasping; stipules linear, 2-5 mm long, lobed at the base,.
Inflorescence a short-stalked raceme of 3 to 8 pea-like flowers, generally shorter than the subtending leaf; corollas whitish to pale blue, 3-4 mm long; calyx teeth lanceolate, about equal to the tube.
Pods, broadly oblong or elliptic, hairy, 1 cm long; seeds usually 2.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry roadsides, clearings and waste places in the lowland zone; common on SE Vancouver Island and adjacent islands, and the lower mainland; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Vicia hirsuta

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 15 110 315
Slope Gradient (%) 0 36 105
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
45 196 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 1 3
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: CDF(28)


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 cool temperate & cool mesothermal.

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