Large-flowered Vetch
(Large Yellow Vetch - Bigflower Vetch)
Vicia grandiflora
Fabaceae (Pea) Family

Plant is a sprawling, hairy annual. Preferred habitat is roadsides and waste sites.
Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem; pinnately compound with leaflets oval-shaped and leaves at the end of the stem modified into tendrils.

Flowers are in the leaf axil; clustered; five petals, pale yellow or white with the banner often tinted purple; ten stamens. Flowers occur in the spring.

Fruit is a legume.

The ripened peas falling from the plant is a favorite of wild turkey, not to mention the myriad of insects that frequent the plant. Grandiflora is not unlike Narrow-Leaved Vetch except the size of the flower is much larger. The large flowered variety presents its flowers in pairs arising from leaf nodes and each stem may bear three to five pairs.. Tiny tendrils protrude from each leaf which then attach themselves to other plants forming a thick carpet.

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