Vicia tetrasperma

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Vicia tetrasperma
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Tribe: Fabeae
Genus: Vicia
V. tetrasperma
Binomial name
Vicia tetrasperma

Vicia tetrasperma (L.) Moench

Vicia tetrasperma (smooth tare, smooth vetch, lentil vetch, sparrow vetch) is a species from the large genus Vicia. It can be invasive. [1]


Vicia tetrasperma is an annual plant growing up to 60 cm long. The leaflets are 10 to 20mm and with in 4 to 6 pairs ending with a simple tendril. The flowers are in 1 to 2 flowered racemes, each flower about 4 mm long and pale blue. Four seeds are produced in a pod of 12 to 15 mm long.[2] This pod is dehiscent.


This vetch is native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and it can be found on other continents as an introduced species.


Grassy places, local.[2]


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  2. ^ a b Clapham, A.R., Tutin, T.G. and Warburg, E.F. 1968. Excursion Flora of the British Isles. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0 521 04656 4

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