Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1901

Forb
Annual

Non-native: Europe

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in Mountains)

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

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LEAVES:
Even-pinnately compound: 4-10(16) leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Whitish/ Light violet
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
Superior ovary
Racemes of 1-2(5) 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 tetrasperma   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Vicia tetrasperma   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-36-009:
Vicia tetrasperma   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Slender Vetch, Smooth Tare, Lentil Vetch, Four-seeded Vetch


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image of Vicia tetrasperma, Slender Vetch, Smooth Tare, Lentil Vetch, Four-seeded Vetch

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_vite_001_lvd

        

image of Vicia tetrasperma, Slender Vetch, Smooth Tare, Lentil Vetch, Four-seeded Vetch

Roxanna Martin    rlm51311_106

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Legume symmetrically rounded at the apex, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Vicia tetrasperma, Slender Vetch, Smooth Tare, Lentil Vetch, Four-seeded Vetch

Roxanna Martin    rlm51311_107

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Calyx lobes unequal: upper about 0.2mm, lowermost and longest up to 1-1.5mm, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Vicia tetrasperma, Slender Vetch, Smooth Tare, Lentil Vetch, Four-seeded Vetch

Roxanna Martin    rlm51311_108

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Leaves with simple or forked tendrils. Leaflets 4-10(16), per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


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image of Vicia tetrasperma, Slender Vetch, Smooth Tare, Lentil Vetch, Four-seeded Vetch

Roxanna Martin    rlm51311_113

May    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Vicia tetrasperma, Slender Vetch, Smooth Tare, Lentil Vetch, Four-seeded Vetch

Roxanna Martin    rlm51311_121

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Inflorescence with 1-2(4) flowers, per Weakley's Flora.