Vicia lathyroides L. - Spring Vetch
Family - Fabaceae
Flowering - March - June.
Habitat - Fields, roadsides, railroads, waste places, disturbed sites.
Origin - Native to Europe.
Other information - This introduced vetch can be found scattered throughout Alabama but is fairly uncommon. The plant can be identified by its very small flowers, which are only about 4-8mm long. Most other species of Vicia in Alabama have larger flowers. The emarginate leaflets of this species are another good character to look for. The stems are moderately pubescent and the hairs are somewhat appressed.
Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 4-1-03.