Skip over navigation

NEN Gallery

NEN Gallery
Home / Private Collections / Starz / Science / Plants / UK Wild Flowers / Wild Plants - June / Common Vetch (Vicia sativa)
Asset 1 of 1 Previous Asset [ 1 ] Next Asset   [Slideshow]

Common Vetch (Vicia sativa)


460 x 640
1540 x 2142

Unique Id:


This item is saved in one of your albums. Click to remove it.. My Albums

This vetch is only really common in the South East of England. It grows in grassy places and tilled soil. The leaf has four to eight pairs of leaflets, often heart shaped at the tip and a branched tendril. The stems straggle along the ground and the plants climb using the tendrils. It was originally introduced from the continent for agricultural purposes for cattle food and the seeds for bird food. It can be distinguished from other vetches as it has two black-blotched stipules at the base of the leaf. The seed pods have a long beak. The plant flowers May to Spetember. Picture taken at Old Warden, Bedfordshire 3rd June 2006.

6th Jun 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

Key Stages:
Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

plant flower nature seed

Related Links:

EXIF data:

National Education Network
Developed by E2BN for the National Education Network
E2B® and E2BN® are registered trade marks and trading names of East of England Broadband Network (Company Registration No. 04649057)