Vicia sativa

Common Name:

Common Vetch



Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Murray Mallee, Wimmera, Wannon, Grampians, Riverina, Midlands, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Gippsland Highlands (ABCDEast GippslandJKLMNPRTW) also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas
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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Throughout much of Victoria, particularly in disturbed sites 1

Flower Description:

Crimson, violet or pink 1


Climbing or decumbent annual herb 1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Three species are present in Victoria. Vicia sativa subsp. nigra has very dark brown-black pods, Vicia sativa subsp. sativa has pods 6-12 mm wide and a yellow-brown pod and Vicia sativa subsp. cordata has a dark brown pod 4-6 mm wide 1


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1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria