Scientific Name:
Vicia hirsuta (L.) Gray
Vernacular Name(s):
Hairy vetch

Slender scrambling annual; stem ± glabrous to sparsely hairy. Lvs sparsely to moderately hairy; tendrils usually branched; leaflets in c. 5–9 pairs, often alternate, linear to ovate-oblong, 5–18–(20) mm long; stipules entire or with 1–3, narrow, adaxial, basal lobes. Infl. ± = or < lvs, (2)–3–7–(9)-flowered. Peduncle much > fls. Peduncle 0–1–(2) mm long. Calyx not gibbous at base; calyx teeth ± equal, = or > tube. Corolla dull white or pale blue with purple spots on keel, c. 4 mm long; limb of standard < or ± = claw. Pod moderately to densely hairy, black, (1)–2-seeded, 8–11 mm long; seeds yellowish with purple blotches turning reddish brown; hilum ⅓ of circumference.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Sep.–Apr.