Narrow-Leaved Vetch

Narrow-leaved_Vetch_jpgThis family (Fabaceae) commonly called the Pea or Bean Family consists of 459 genera and 14,400 species of herbs, shrubs, vines and trees found in temperate, cold and tropical regions.  The family is of major economic importance, providing edible beans and peas for animals, ornamentals, and dyes. The seeds can be eaten as is or ground into flour.Narrow-Leaved Vetch is a weed of open, disturbed ground on railroad sides, roadsides, and fields.

OtherCommonName:

ScientificName:

Vicia augustifolia

Community:

Edge

PlantStatus:

Naturalized from Europe

LifeSpan:

Annual

PlantHeight:

Herbaceous vine

FruitingTime:

August to September

Distribution:

Throughout North America ~ Coastal Plain and Hunterdon County in New Jersey

FloweringTime:

June to September

IdentifyingCharacteristics:

Slender vine, often climbing ~ Leaves linear to narrowly elliptic ~ Tendril at end of leaves  ~ Small dark flowers, tubular, 5 petals and 5 sepals ~ Legume 2-3 inches long, broad flat seeds