Sweet Vetch - Purple Vetch - Blue Vetch
(Tufted Vetch - Cow Vetch - Bird Vetch - Boreal Vetch)
Hedysarum boreal
Fabaceae (Pea) Family

Plant is an upright annual; smooth or with a few appressed hairs on the stem and leaf. Preferred habitat is roadsides, waste places and fence rows. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves number 18-20 leaf segments that are slightly alternate on the stalk; egg-shaped to narrowly lance-like; prominent vein. A small tendril protrudes from the tip of each leaf with which the plant advances itself upward the host plant.

Flowers are in a long raceme that arises from the leaf axil; stalks longer than the leaf stalk. The calyx is barely bulging at its base; the pedicel appearing basal. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is a legume.

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