Vicia tetrasperma (L.) Moench

Lentil Vetch

Vicia tetrasperma plant

Family - Fabaceae

Stems - No info yet.

Vicia tetrasperma stem

Leaves - No info yet.

Vicia tetrasperma leaves

Inflorescence - No info yet.

Flowers - No info yet.

Vicia tetrasperma calyxCalyx.

Vicia tetrasperma flower

Vicia tetrasperma fruit

Flowering - April - June.

Habitat - Disturbed sites, waste places, fields, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to Europe.

Other info. - This clambering, weedy species has been reported in just a few Missouri counties but will almost certainly spread with time. The plant can be identified by its angled stems, pinnately divided leaves (which have tendrils at their apices), minute flowers, and short-stipitate fruits. The peduncles of the inflorescence exceed the leaves and are terminated by 1-3 minute flowers. The fruits typically have four seeds (tetrasperma).

Photographs taken off Lee Rd 54, Auburn, AL., 4-9-05.