Vicia sativa L. subsp. sativa (Syn: (=) Vicia alba Moench; (=) Vicia leucosperma Moench; (=) Vicia sativa var. leucosperma (Moench) Ser. (=) Vicia sativa var. obovata Ser.) as per GRIN;
India (N); Arunachal Pradesh ; Bihar; Delhi ; Gujarat; Haryana ; Himachal Pradesh ; Jammu-Kashmir ; Madhaya Pradesh ; Manipur ; Orissa ; Punjab; Rajasthan ; Sikkim ; Tamil Nadu ; Uttar Pradesh ; West Bengal & other countries as per ILDIS;


Vicia sativa ABFEB2018/04 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (12)

This vetch has been growing in abundance on the margins of cultivated fields here at 1800m and are easy to spot because of their pink/purple flowers. The tendrils at the end of compound leaves (which are responsible for the name Vicia, Latin verb ‘vincere’ means to twist), wrap around grass blades to help support the plant. The pods are also out and I made some photographs and collected observations to share with you. Please correct me if I am wrong in identifying this.
Height of the plant: 20-65cm
Flowers: Pink/purple with pale centres, 1cm across and about 2cm tall. Stalk 2-3mm.
Calyx: Fused with five hairy, sharply pointed narrow lobes reaching more than halfway up the corolla tube. Lobes smaller than the calyx tube.
Leaves: Compound, mostly with 5-6 pairs of leaflets, ending in a tri-forked tendril. Leaflets arranged opposite or alternately, hairy with visible veins, ending abruptly in a sharp point (mucronate). Stipules present, shoe-shaped with a dark spot on the ankle.
Fruit: ca. 7mm wide and 35mm long, ending in a point. Calyx persistent.
Vicia sativa (sub. sativa?)
Near Dal Lake, Dharamshala, HP
1800m approx.
21 February 2018.

Considering it to be Vicia sativa L. subsp. sativa  as per comparative images at Vicia and distribution (compared to that of Vicia sativa subsp. nigra (L.) Ehrh.;


Flora of Madhya Pradesh: Vicia sativa L from Khajuraho temples MP: Vicia sativa L from Khajuraho temples MP


request for plant id….place-ambala cantt..habitat-garden:  Is this Vicia sativa…??
Photograph taken on 1 Feb,2012
place-ambala cantt

Yes, This is Vicia sativa L. a very common weed of the field boundaries in the wheat crop


19022012 BS-1 Vicia sp for id from Khajuraho Temples MP:

Vicia sp for id from Khajuraho Temples MP
Growing wildly there and shot on 21-1-12
Flowers were whitish in color and very small 2-4 mm only

pls is

Tephrosia strigosa.
Check for my post in Fabaceae week.

in you post of Tephrosia strigosa Leaf is simple, but here it is compound and rhachis ending into 2-3 fid tendril, to me it looks like Vicia sativa.

Agreed … I had that thought in my mind about the leaves which appear to be pinnate in your plant as against simple in my plant.


Jan2015sk16 Hooghly – Vicia sativa L. : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (5)

I didn’t have any scale today. So, I am not sure what subspecies it, not in cultivation, could be.

A wild herb of the field borders, from my native place..

Vicia sativa..

Beautiful delicate flower, beautiful colour shades, …


SK118SEP29-2016:ID  : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)

Sharing some pictures for ID shot at Nubra Valley on 21 August 2016.

Likely to be Vicia sp.

I agree that this seems to be a Vicia. Two species are recorded for Ladakh: V.sativa and V.tenuifolia.  Both are described as field weeds, only recorded to modest altitudes in Ladakh. V.sativa found from the plains right up to Ladakh. The images do not fit W.tenuifolia.  That leaves Vicia sativa, known as ‘Common Vetch’ in the UK.  World-wide this is a variable species, with subspecies recognised (do not know which one is understood to be found to grow in Ladakh).  Seems to match satisfactorily to me but welcome other suggestions.  When photographing Vicia and related genera, close up images of the stipules are most useful – these are found at the base of the leaf-stalks; in V.sativa (at lest the variants in the UK, are half-arrow-shaped, toothed or entire, often with a dark blotch.  The stipules cannot been seen in these images from Nubra.


What plant of pea family?/ABMAR16  : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)

And finally this plant I found creeping on the ground. I can discern that it belongs to the pea family due to the shape of its flower and leaves. Please help identify it.

Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP

12 March 2015

Complete plant is not shown here.
Sessile solitary flower in axil of leaf suggest Vicia sativa; yes in Fabaceae.

… does that three hook anchor like tendril mean any thing special as in help in id?

These are tendrils, modification of upper part of leaf rachis. Not specific to this species, other in the genus also have similar tendrils.

SK1635 09 Dec 2018 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (9)
Location Gyaneswor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Elevation :  4500 ft.
Date 22 March 2018
Habit : Wild
Vicia sp. ??

Pl. check comparative images at

This is the closest I could reach as per comparative images at Vicia

Looks matching.
According to the Plant List, is not Visia sativa L. is the accepted name instead of Vicia sativa subsp. sativa ?? In the efi site V. sativa should have been mentioned,

is it ? Just being inquisitive.

Vicia sativa L. is same as Vicia sativa subsp. sativa.
However, as we have Vicia sativa subsp. nigra, it is better to mention Vicia sativa subsp. sativa instead of simply writing Vicia sativa (though it is also OK).


Herb for ID, Anuppur, Madhya Pradesh NAW-MAR19-02 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)
Kindly identify this herb with pink flowers and tendrils at the tip of compound leaves. Photographed on agricultural fields in Anuppur district, Madhya Pradesh in February 2019.

May be Vicia sativa. Spirally coiled Pod of Medicago also seen in one of the pictures.

Thanks, …, for the id. To me also appears close to images at Vicia sativa L. subsp. sativa

Herb id from Pali Ghat, Rajasthan02 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)
Need id of herb from Pali Ghat, Rajasthan

Please check Vicia !

Appears close to images at Vicia sativa L. subsp. sativa as per comparative images at Vicia


Plant for ID: SD062
2 images.
Found in Delhi

Vicia sativa ??

Yes, I think it appears close to images at Vicia sativa subsp. sativa


I’d please place kota Rajasthan: (Mixed thread): 3 high res. images.

Pl. check

May be Vicia sativa L. subsp. sativa, if found near habitation.



Plant ID 200324_3: 2 images.

Need help with this plant ID.

Vicia sativa L.


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