Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated April 2019.
Scientific name: Vicia tetrasperma (L.) Schreb.
Common name(s): slender vetch, lentil vetch, sparrow vetch, smooth vetch, smooth tare, four seeded vetch
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- pinnately compound
- 4-10 leaflets
- oblong to narrow elliptic
-can grow to a height of 60 cm
-uses foliar tendrils to climb
-Most similar to Vicia tetrasperma is V. hirsuta, which has more leaflets per leaf (12-16)
-meadows and fields
-native to Europe
Burnham, Robyn J. “Vicia Tetrasperma.” CLIMBERS, University of Michigan, 29 July 2013, climbers.lsa.umich.edu/?p=327.