Vicia tetrasperma (L.) Schreb. (syn: Ervum tenuissimum Pers.; Ervum tetraspermum L.; Vicia gemella Crantz; Vicia tetrasperma (L.) Moench; Vicia tetrasperma var. gracilis (Loisel.)Asch. & Graebn.; Vicia tetrasperma var. tenuissima Sensu Fernald (misapplied name));   

Common name: Lentil Vetch, Smooth Tare, Smooth Vetch, Sparrow Vetch

India (N); Bihar; Himachal Pradesh; Jammu-Kashmir; Punjab; Rajasthan; Uttar Pradesh; West Bengal & other countries as per ILDIS;


Vicia tetrasperma (smooth tare, smooth vetch, lentil vetch, sparrow vetch) is a species from the large genus Vicia.

Vicia tetrasperma is an annual plant growing up to 60 cm long. The leaflets are 10 to 20mm and with in 4 to 6 pairs ending with a simple tendril. The flowers are in 1 to 2 flowered racemes, each flower about 4 mm long and pale blue. Four seeds are produced in a pod of 12 to 15 mm long.[1]
This vetch is native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and it can be found on other continents as an introduced species.
(from Wikipedia on 9.3.18)



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Vicia tetrasperma
Lentil Vetch / Smooth Vetch
Family – Fabaceae
It is an small climbing herb having generally 8-10 leaflets with entire stipules present.
Flowers are whitish blue with dark purple veins present about 4-8mm long.
Fruit are smaller about 8-15mm long and are hairless with 4 seeds present in a pod.
Photographed at Hamirpur,Himachal Pradesh
Altitude – 750metres
Dated – 27/2/2018


Seed pods are matching with V. tertrasperma, could not upload this picture.




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