Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual, biennial or perennial herbs; stems terete, trailing, erect or climbing. Leaves alternate, mostly paripinnate, subsessile, terminating in a tendril (in Victoria) or bristle; leaflets few-many, linear, oblong or elliptic, entire, cuneate at base; stipules linear, lanceolate or semi-sagittate, entire or toothed. Inflorescence axillary; flowers 1–many in pedunculate racemes; bracts small, caducous. Calyx cylindric or campanulate, 5-toothed, regular or oblique at apex, teeth about as long as tube, more or less equal or upper 2 partly connate; petals blue, purple or yellow, clawed; standard obovate or oblong, emarginate; wings obovate or oblong, usually adhering to keel; keel obtuse; stamens diadelphous, anthers uniform; ovary subsessile, style terete or compressed, pilose or with a hair tuft at apex, stigma terminal, ovules 2–many. Pod terete or linear and compressed, more or less straight, continuous within, dehiscent; seeds arillate.

About 150 species from temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere and South America; 8 species naturalised in Australia.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Fabaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Hero image
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
Higher taxa
genus Vicia
Subordinate taxa