3852.000 Vicia L. - Vetches

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003) Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7)

Tutin, T.G. et al. (eds) (1968) Flora Europaea. Vol. 2 Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs, often climbing. Stipules semi-sagittate, often fimbriate or toothed; stipels 0. Leaves paripinnate, usually with a terminal tendril. Leaflets opposite, subopposite or alternate. Flowers solitary or in axillary clusters or racemes. Calyx teeth ± equal or the lower longer. Upper stamen ± free. Pod flattened, 2-valved, dehiscent.

Derivation of name: Vicia - the Latin name for a vetch

Worldwide: c. 160 species, mainly northern temperate regions, but also South America, Hawaii and the highlands of tropical Africa; some ± cosmopolitan weeds

Zimbabwe: 4 taxa.

Vicia sativa

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
hirsuta (L.) GrayCDescription, Image
sativa L.N,C,EDescription, Image
villosa Roth subsp. varia (Host) Corb.C
villosa Roth subsp. villosa EDescription

Other sources of information about Vicia:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Vicia
Flora of Malawi: Vicia
Flora of Zambia: Vicia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Vicia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Vicia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Vicia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Vicia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Vicia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Vicia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Vicia
JSTOR Plant Science: Vicia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Vicia
Plants of the World Online: Vicia
Tropicos: Vicia
Wikipedia: Vicia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Vicia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=756, retrieved 19 April 2024

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