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American Vetch
Vicia americana
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Also known as - Purple Vetch, Wild Vetch.

Latin synonyms - Vicia sparsifolia

Native to Alberta. Perennial.

General Description

By Gustave J. Yaki

Native, widespread west-central N. America. Stems, slender climbing vine, often in tangled masses, 3-12dm high. Leaves, alternate; long, pinnate; 8-14 leaflets variable in size and shape, commonly elliptic to oblong, hairless or downy, toothless or sharply toothed towards the tip, the tip squared, pointed or with a short, sharp tip; well developed forking tendril; stipules commonly semi-arrowhead shaped, sharply toothed. Flowers, 3-9 lax, reddish-purple, drying bluish; June-August. Fruit, flat pods, 3cm long, containing 4-7 seeds. Habitat: open woods, meadows, shores. nWeas.N50.59.608/W114.08.786; sWeas.N50.59.079/W114.09.408.

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Recent American Vetch Reports in Alberta


Abundance Location Reporter Date
Present Fairview Escarpment Blake 2011/07/13
Present Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Blake 2011/07/10
Present Fairview Escarpment Blake 2011/06/15
Present Yellowhead County Blake 2010/07/28
Present Waskasoo Creek (West of 49 Ave) Blake 2010/07/22

American Vetch Hotspots in Alberta

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