scale bar = 1cm.
Common Vetch - introduced (*Vicia sativa)
Family: Fabaceae (Pea family).
Native of Europe, Asia and Africa.
Occurrence: A scattered weed. It is often a weed in disturbed areas.
- it is a scrambling or climbing plant
- the leaf is divided into 5 to 15 pairs of leaflets
- the blunt leaf apex usually has a small point
- the leaf ends in a slender tendril
- the reddish-purple pea flowers are on short (0-1.5 mm) stalks
- the seed pod turns yellow-brown to black when ripe.
There are several other vetches that are widespread weeds. They are generally more
slender, with smaller, and narrower leaves, and small, paler flowers.
Photo 1: Common Vetch. Urquhart St, Castlemaine.
2, 3, 4: Common Vetch. Parker St, Castlemaine. The leaves have an
even number of leaflets, and there is a terminal tendril.