vetch, spring

COMMON NAME: Vetch, spring
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Vicia lathyroides
FAMILY: Fabaceae
LIFECYCLE: Annual
FEATURES: Small winter annual species. Pinnately compound leaves. Leaflets <0.5 cm in diameter. Leaves
with a grasping tendril at end of leaf. Flowers white to pink, small, solitary, bilaterally
symmetrical. Producing a flattened short seedpod.
DESCRIPTION: Common along roadsides, pastures, and other infrequently mowed ares. Smallest, most diminutive
of vetch species. Leaves narrow, thin. Forms a weak dense mat, weakly rooted.

Broad View Dense stand of small-flowered spring vetch

Broad View
Dense stand of small-flowered spring vetch

Flower / Seed Head Details of flowering stem

Flower / Seed Head
Details of flowering stem

Flower / Seed Head Seedpod

Flower / Seed Head
Seedpod

Broad View Large field plant

Broad View
Large field plant