Vicia hirsuta (L.) Gray

Tiny Vetch

Nat. Arr. Brit. Pl. 2: 614 (1821) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Trailing, climbing or ascending annual herb; stems 20–80 cm long, angular, glabrous or sparsely hairy. Leaves 2–8 cm long excluding the usually pinnate tendril; leaflets 8–20, linear to lanceolate, 5–25 mm long, 1–4 mm wide, glabrous or lower surface sparsely appressed-pilose; stipules linear, 2–4 mm long, 1–4-toothed on one side. Flowers 2–8, pedunculate; peduncle about half as long as subtending leaf; pedicel c. 1 mm long; calyx campanulate, 1.5–3 mm long, sparsely pubescent, teeth linear-subulate, subequal, longer than calyx tube; corolla 3–5 mm long, pale blue or pink; standard broadly ovate, hardly longer than wings, limb longer than claw; keel shortest, blue-tipped. Pod oblong-rhomboid, 6–12 mm long, 2–4 mm wide, compressed, grey-brown to brown-black, pubescent; seeds 1–3, usually 2, subglobose, c. 2.5 mm long, compressed, brown, often mottled. Flowers mainly Jun.–Feb.

*CVU, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *HSF, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas., New Zealand. Native to Europe, northern Africa, western Asia. Widespread across the state where found in drier areas on roadsides, in pasture and other disturbed sites.

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, 2018-02-26
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Vicia
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory