Vicia sativa subsp. sativa

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Stems mostly to c. 1 m long. Leaves 4–11 cm long; leaflets ± uniform, oblong, cuneate or elliptic, 2–12 mm wide, obtuse or emarginate. Calyx 12–20 mm long, teeth triangular-subulate, equal to or longer than tube; corolla 20–22 mm long. Pod 3–7 cm long, 6–12 mm wide, distinctly contracted between the seeds, yellow-brown or brown, ± hairy; seeds ± globose, occasionally oblong, 3.5–6.5 mm long. Flowers mainly Aug.–Nov.

*CVU, *DunT, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *NIS, *OtP, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Scattered throughout much of Victoria where introduced as a fodder plant.

Although it has generally larger flowers, in the absence of pods this subspecies is virtually indistinguishable from the subsp. cordata.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-04-03
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Vicia
species Vicia sativa L.
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Vicia sativa subsp. sativa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Vicia sativa subsp. sativa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory