Vicia americana ssp. americana

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Scientific Name Vicia americana ssp. americana USDA PLANTS Symbol VIAMA3
Common Name American Vetch ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 524800
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to subalpine (4800 to 10500). Meadows, streamsides and aspen forests.
Plant: Prostrate to erect perennial, stems 8 to 40 inches long, vining.
Leaves: Pinnately-compound leaves with 8 to 16 ovate to elliptic leaflets with a forked tendril at the end that twines around other plants for support; leaflets up to 1-3/8 inches long with a small mucronate point at the tip.
Inflorescence: Loose clusters of 5 to 9 lavender, or pink to blue pea-like flowers less than 3/4-inch long.
Bloom Period: May to Auguste.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map Colorado Status:

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