Vicia sativa subsp. nigra (L.) Ehrh.

Narrow-leaf Vetch

Hannover. Mag. 15: 229 (1780) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Stems mostly to c. 50 cm long. Leaves 2.5–7 cm long; leaflets variable, obovate to linear, mostly 1–6 mm wide, obtuse to emarginate. Calyx (5–)7–12 mm, teeth subulate, shorter than tube; corolla 8–20 mm long. Pod 2.5–5 cm long, 4–6 mm wide, not constricted between seeds, very dark brown to black, usually glabrous; seeds globose, 2.4–4 mm long.    Flowers mainly Aug.–Nov.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MonT, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *SnM, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Naturalised all States except NT. New Zealand.Scattered throughout much of Victoria where introduced as a fodder plant.

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. nigra in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Vicia sativa subsp. nigra in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present introduced
Murray Mallee present introduced
Wimmera present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present introduced
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present introduced
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Monaro Tablelands present introduced
Victorian Alps present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory