Taxon: Vicia hirsuta (L.) Gray

Genus: Vicia
Subgenus: Vicilla
Section: Cracca
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Fabeae
Nomen number: 41501
Place of publication: Nat. arr. Brit. pl. 2:614. 1822 ("1821")
Link to protologue:
Comment: according to J. L. Reveal (pers. comm. via e-mail on 1 May 2010) publication of this book took place on 10 Jan 1822, not 1 Nov 1821 as indicated in TL-2
Name Verified on: 09-Feb-2006 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 10-May-2012
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6)
Accessions: 25 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: potential as vegetable (used "under famine conditions.., but today..more widespread acceptance" fide Wild Crop Rel Leg Cr 14:280. 2011)
  • Animal food: fodder (fide Enneking 1995)
  • Gene sources: secondary genetic relative of one-flower vetch (based on probable affinities to Vicia articulata fide BMC Evol Biol 12:250, page10. 2012)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (fide Cooper & Johnson ed2)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Geigy Weed Tables. 1968)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya ; Tanzania ; Uganda
    • Macaronesia: Portugal Madeira Islands; Spain Canary Islands
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia
    • Northern Africa: Algeria ; Egypt ; Morocco ; Tunisia
    • South Tropical Africa: Angola
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Rwanda ; Zaire
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Caucasus: Armenia ; Azerbaijan ; Georgia ; Russian Federation Checheno-Ingushetia, Dagestan, Karachay-Cherkessia, Krasnodar, North Ossetia, Stavropol
    • China: China
    • Eastern Asia: Japan Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku; Korea ; Taiwan
    • Middle Asia: Turkmenistan
    • Siberia: Russian Federation Altay, Buryatia, Chelyabinsk, Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Khakassia, Krasnoyarsk, Kurgan, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Sverdlovsk, Tomsk, Tuva, Tyumen, Yakutia-Sakha
    • Western Asia: Afghanistan ; Cyprus ; Iran ; Iraq ; Lebanon ; Syria ; Turkey
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Bhutan ; India ; Nepal ; Pakistan
  • Europe

    • Eastern Europe: Belarus ; Estonia ; Latvia ; Lithuania ; Moldova ; Russian Federation Arkhangelsk, Astrakhan, Bashkortostan, Belgorod, Bryansk, Chuvashia, Ivanovo, Kaliningrad, Kaluga, Kirov, Komi, Komi-Permyak, Kostroma, Kursk, Leningrad, Lipetsk, Mari-El, Mordvinia, Moscow, Murmansk, Novgorod, Orel, Orenburg, Penza, Perm, Pskov, Rostov, Ryazan, Saratov, Smolensk, Tambov, Tatarstan, Tula, Udmurtia, Ulyanovsk, Vladimir, Volgograd, Vologda, Voronezh, Yaroslavl; Ukraine
    • Middle Europe: Austria ; Belgium ; Czechoslovakia ; Germany ; Hungary ; Netherlands ; Poland ; Switzerland
    • Northern Europe: Denmark ; Finland ; Ireland ; Norway ; Sweden ; United Kingdom
    • Southeastern Europe: Albania ; Bulgaria ; Former Yugoslavia ; Greece ; Italy ; Romania
    • Southwestern Europe: France ; Portugal ; Spain

  • Naturalized


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  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource on 2012 (Kulturvaxtdatabas)
  • Allkin, R. et al. 1986. Names and synonyms of species and subspecies in the Vicieae: issue 3 (Vicieae DP) 7:56.
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  • Carrisso, L. W. et al., eds. Conspectus florae angolensis. (F Angol)
  • CIBA-GEIGY, Basel, Switzerland The CIBA-GEIGY Weed Tables. 1974 (Weed TabCIBA)
  • Cooper, M. R. & A. W. Johnson Poisonous plants and fungi in Britain: animal and human poisoning. 1998 (Cooper & Johnson ed2)
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Check other web resources for Vicia hirsuta (L.) Gray :

  • Flora Europaea: Database of European Plants (ESFEDS)
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ILDIS: International Legume Database & Information Service
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image