Page authors: Don Knoke, David Giblin
Vicia sativa
tare, common vetch
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Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest and east in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; Alaska to California, east across most of North America to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Roadsides, fields, forest edges, thickets, lawns, wastelots, and other disturbed open areas.

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Glabrous to villous perennial, the stems 3-8 dm. tall.

Leaves:

Leaves pinnate; leaflets 10-14, linear to obovate-oblanceolate, 1.5-3 cm. long, rounded or with a shallow notch, and with a needle-like tip; stipules 3-8 mm. long, deeply toothed or saggitate; tendrils well-developed, branched.

Flowers:

Flowers pea-like, 1-3 in the leaf axils, short-pedunculate, 15-25 mm. long; calyx over half the length of the corolla, the 5 teeth narrowly awl-shaped, equal, usually longer than the tube; banner erect, orchid to purplish; wings often red; style densely bearded at the tip.

Fruits:

Pod 3-7 cm. long.

Accepted Name:
Vicia sativa L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 2: 736. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Infraspecies:
var. angustifolia – tare, common vetch    Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest and east in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; Alaska to California, east across most of North America to the Atlantic Coast.
var. sativa – common vetch    Occurring west of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia to California, also in the southeastern U.S.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Vicia sativa in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Vicia sativa checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Vicia sativa atlas page.

CalPhotos: Vicia sativa photos.

USDA Plants: Vicia sativa information.

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