Plant ID forum: Vicia americana?

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Mar 31, 2014 7:34 PM CST

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Is this the American Vetch? I want to add the photos to the DB. We have it growing everywhere around here and it's a really excellent pasture plant that we love.



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chelle
Mar 31, 2014 7:43 PM CST
Its flowering habit looks more like Vicia sativa to me. Something along that line, perhaps?
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Horntoad
Mar 31, 2014 8:29 PM CST
I agree with chelle
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Leftwood
Apr 1, 2014 12:50 AM CST
American vetch has flowers arranged in a raceme. V. sativa (and others) have flowers born singly.
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JRsbugs
Apr 1, 2014 4:05 AM CST
I would say Vicia sativa too, the flowers are in pairs or singly.

http://www.agroatlas.ru/en/content/cultural/Vicia_sativa_K/

http://wildseed.co.uk/species/view/150

I found some plants growing on the roadside a couple of years ago, I had hoped to get seed but the nearby resident decided to poison them and chop everything good down. This year I have bought some seed, it's a very attractive and useful plant.

http://www.sowseeds.co.uk/store/winter-tares-green-manure-se...
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Leftwood
Apr 1, 2014 5:52 AM CST
I should have clarified that singly born flowers can still be in pairs (or multiples of any number). So yes, V. sativa is a good candidate.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Apr 1, 2014 6:31 AM CST

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Excellent, thank you all so much!

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