Vicia lathyroides

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Vicia lathyroides
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Vicia
Species: V. lathyroides
Binomial name
Vicia lathyroides

Vicia lathyroides (spring vetch) is a plant species in the bean family Fabaceae.[1] It is native to Europe and western Asia, and it is known on other continents as an introduced species. It is an annual herb with pealike blue- or purple-tinged flowers about half a centimeter wide and hairless legume pods up to 3 centimeters long.


Annual with stems up to 12 cm long. The leaves have 2 or 4 pairs of leaflets which end in a tendril or point. The flowers are single up to 6 mm long and without a stalk. The petals are purple and produce a pod up to 20 mm long.[1] [2]


In Ireland to be found in sandy ground near the coast.[1]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Parnell, J. and Curtis, T. 2012. Webb's An Irish Flora. Cork University Press. ISBN 978-185918-4783
  2. ^ Webb, D.A., Parnell, J and Doogue, D. 1996. An Irish Flora. Dungalgan Press (W.Tempest) Ltd. Dundalk.ISBN 0-85221-131-7