Vicia americana  
Family: Fabaceae
American vetch
[Vicia americana var. truncata Muhl. ex Willd.]
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Robert Bierman  
Etymology: Vicia: the classical Latin name for this genus
Plants: climbing or trailing, perennial, up to 3' long forb
Leaves: pinnately-divided into 4-8 pairs of elliptical leaflets, leaf tips with tendrils
Flowers: purple to blue, 5-parted, 1/2"-1" long, style tip hairy all around, calyx base mostly not swollen; inflorescence a loose, stalked cluster (raceme) with 2-9, stalked flowers; blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: pod
Habitat: moist; woods, meadows
Conservation Status: Native
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Stephen L. Solheim  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Botanical Illustration