Scientific Name:
Vicia L., Sp. Pl. 734-737 (1753)
Vernacular Name(s):
Tare; Vetch

Annual or perennial, erect or scrambling herbs; stems angled but not winged. Lvs pinnate, tendrilous or mucronate, very rarely with a terminal leaflet; leaflets usually pinnately veined, opposite or alternate, in 1-many pairs; stipules simple or toothed. Infl. axillary, racemose, 1-many-flowered. Calyx teeth 5, subequal or upper shorter, < 2× as long as tube. Staminal tube oblique at apex; stamens diadelphous. Style linear, not contorted, variously hairy; ovules numerous, rarely 2. Pod compressed, 2-valved; seeds globose or rarely compressed, with long or short hilum, smooth or rough.

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

Number of species in New Zealand within Vicia L.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised9
Exotic: Casual3
Linnaeus, C. 1753: Species Plantarum. Impensis Laurentii Salvii, Stockholm.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.