Wood Vetch
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Wood Vetch
ative Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Wood Vetch
Botanical name: Vicia bakeri    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Vicia sylvatica, Vicia longidentata

Wood Vetch is an annual herb with hairy stem up to 1 m or more, and pale-lilac pea-shaped flowers borne in racemes. Leaves are compound, leaflets 14-23, opposite, nearly opposite to alternate, 0.7-2.5 xm long, 4-9 mm broad, oblong-lanceshaped, mucronate, hairless above, hairy below. Stipules are 0.7-1.5 cm long, divided. Tendrils are branched or unbranched. Flowers are borne in stalked racemes in leaf axils. Stalks are 5-15 cm long, flower-stalks 1.5-3.0 mm long. Sepal cup is 7 mm long, upper teeth 1 mm, lateral 3 mm and lower tooth 4-5 mm long. Flowers are pale-lilac, standard petal about 1.2 cm long. Fruit is 4-4.2 cm long, 8-8.5 mm broad, hairless, stipe 4-5 mm long. Wood Vetch is found in the Himalayas, from Chitral to C. Nepal, at altitudes of 2700-3200 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh.

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