3852.000 Vicia L. - Vetches

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003) Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7)

Tutin, T.G. et al. (eds) (1968) Flora Europaea. Vol. 2 Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs, often climbing. Stipules semi-sagittate, often fimbriate or toothed; stipels 0. Leaves paripinnate, usually with a terminal tendril. Leaflets opposite, subopposite or alternate. Flowers solitary or in axillary clusters or racemes. Calyx teeth ± equal or the lower longer. Upper stamen ± free. Pod flattened, 2-valved, dehiscent.

Derivation of name: Vicia - the Latin name for a vetch

Worldwide: c. 160 species, mainly northern temperate regions, but also South America, Hawaii and the highlands of tropical Africa; some ± cosmopolitan weeds

Malawi: 1 taxon.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
paucifolia Baker subsp. malosana (Baker) Verdc.N,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Vicia:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Vicia
Flora of Zambia: Vicia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Vicia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Vicia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Vicia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Vicia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Vicia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Vicia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Vicia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Vicia
JSTOR Plant Science: Vicia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Vicia
Plants of the World Online: Vicia
Tropicos: Vicia
Wikipedia: Vicia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Vicia.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=756, retrieved 21 February 2024

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