Tufted Vetch

Vicia cracca

Summary 4

Vicia cracca (tufted vetch, cow vetch, bird vetch, blue vetch, boreal vetch), is a species of vetch native to Europe and Asia. It occurs on other continents as an introduced species, including North America, where it is a common weed. It often occurs in disturbed habitats, including old-fields and roadside ditches.

How to recognize it? 5

Pea-like tendrils, climbing habit. 10-50 bright violet flowers on one side of stalk. Compound leaves.

Native lookalike: American vetch (https://inaturalist.ca/taxa/53320-Vicia-americana) has less flowers on both sides of stalk, smaller habit and toothed stipules.

Observations in Banff National Park 6

2020-21: https://inaturalist.ca/observations?project_id=69401&taxon_id=52471&place_id=any&verifiable=any
2019-20: https://inaturalist.ca/observations?project_id=38602&taxon_id=52471&place_id=any&verifiable=any

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) V.S. Volkotrub, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by V.S. Volkotrub
  2. (c) Sannse, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tufted_vetch_close_800.jpg
  3. Carl Axel Magnus Lindman , no known copyright restrictions (public domain), http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:318_Vicia_cracca,_Vicia_villosa.jpg
  4. Adapted by bioblitzbanff from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicia_cracca
  5. (c) bioblitzbanff, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
  6. (c) metallyza, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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