Vicia villosa Roth
subsp. villosa

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Common names:
Frequency: Rare?
Status: Introduced
The following description is of V. villosa in general. Climbing or sprawling annual herb to 2 m. Leaves paripinnate with 4-12 pairs of leaflets, the rhachis usually terminating in a branched tendril; leaflets linear to elliptic. Inflorescence long-pedunculate, the peduncle longer than the flowers; 10 flowers or more per inflorescence. Corolla 10-20 mm, violet, purple or blue, sometimes with white or yellow wings. Pod 20-40 mm, brown.
Notes: The status of Vicia villosa in the Zimbabwean flora is confused. Bob Drummond in Drummond (1972) recorded V. villosa subsp. varia for the Central division as an introduced species and cited the following specimen: Sansom in GHS 50572. Further work is needed on the specimens in SRGH.
Derivation of specific name: villosa: covered with long, soft, weak hairs, villous
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Worldwide distribution: Native to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East but occurs elsewhere as a weed.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Sunday 14 January 2007

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External websites:

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

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: Species information: Vicia villosa subsp. villosa., retrieved 20 June 2024

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