Common name: Hairy Vetch
Vicia hirsuta (L.) Gray APNI*
Description: Ascending or climbing annual herb; stems to 80 cm long, ± pubescent.
Leaves 3–8 cm long; leaflets 8–20, linear to narrow-elliptic, 5–20 mm long, 1–4 mm wide, apex truncate to emarginate, mucronate, lower surface sparsely pilose; stipules 1–3 mm long, entire or toothed.
Flowers 3–8 per raceme; peduncle 2–6 cm long. Calyx 1–4 mm long. Corolla mostly 2–5 mm long, mauve; standard ± exceeding wings, brown-veined; keel shortest, blue-tipped.
Pod oblong-rhomboid, 6–15 mm long, 2–4 mm wide, grey-brown to brown-black, pubescent; seeds ± globose, 2 mm diam.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of Medit., Eur., W Asia.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *SWS
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by C. Gardner & T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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