Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1632

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in NC Coastal Plain, rare in GA Coastal Plain)

Look for it in forests, woodlands, & disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Variable

LEAVES:
Even-pinnately compound: 10-18(24) leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
Superior ovary
Racemes of 7-20 loosely clustered flowers

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Legume

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Vicia caroliniana   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Vicia caroliniana   FAMILY Fabaceae

GREATER THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-36-012:
Vicia caroliniana   FAMILY Fabaceae

GREATER THAN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas
Vicia hugeri

 

COMMON NAME:
Carolina Vetch, Wood Vetch, Pale Vetch


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image of Vicia caroliniana

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_vica2_001_lvd

        

image of Vicia caroliniana

JK Marlow    jkm060429_209

April    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

Calyx densely short-pubescent, nearly regular, lobes triangular, subequal, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Vicia caroliniana

JK Marlow    jkm060429_229

April    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

image of Vicia caroliniana

JK Marlow    jkm150424_675

April    Blount County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Racemes of 7-20 loosely clustered, pale lavender to white flowers, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Vicia caroliniana

JK Marlow    jkm150424_683

April    Blount County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Vicia caroliniana

JK Marlow    jkm160421_318

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Vicia caroliniana

JK Marlow    jkm140519_873

May    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

Leaflets mostly 0.8-2(2.8)cm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Vicia caroliniana

JK Marlow    jkm140519_875

May    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

Leaflets 10-18(24), elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE pinnately compound leaves of forbs

image of Vicia caroliniana

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmvcaroliniana_wos1

May    Blount County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park