Vicia hirsuta (L.) Gray Hairy Vetch
Nat.Arr.Brit.Pl. 2:614-615 (1821)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Alien to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Friday 24 August 2007

Trailing or climbing annual, herb, 0.15-0.8 m high. Fl. white-blue/pink, Jul or Sep to Dec. Grey sand, brown loam, granite, laterite. Rock outcrops, along river banks, floodplains, pastures, gardens, wasteland.


Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Jarrah Forest, Mallee, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.

IBRA Subregions: Perth, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren, Western Mallee.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Albany, Bayswater, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Bunbury, Canning, Cockburn, Denmark, Harvey, Kondinin, Murray, Perth, Plantagenet, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, South Perth, Stirling.

Scientific Description
C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, Friday 4 September 2020

Twining or climbing plants. Stems terete, not spiny, glabrous; pustules or glands absent. Leaves or phylloclades clearly present, compound, alternate, continuous with stem, 20-60 mm long, glabrous, flat with flat margins; margins entire; tubercles absent, leaflets 12-14, pinnately arranged, terminal leaflet absent; pustules or glands absent. Stipules present and persistent to older leaves, 4 mm long, without glands, ribless. Pedicel present, 2 mm long, hairy. Bracteoles absent. Calyx 3-3.5 mm long, not accrescent, hairy, with glandular hairs, ribless; pustules or glands absent. Corolla multicoloured, mostly pink, purple or white, with some pink, purple or white spots, streaks or blotches. Stamens ten. Fruit dehiscent (a pod or follicle), 10-12 mm long, 4-5 mm wide, stipitate or sessile or subsessile, not constricted between the seeds, flat or compressed, hairy, with simple hairs, not beaked. Flowers in July, September, October and November. Occurs in the South-West Botanical Province, in the Jarrah Forest, Mallee, Warren and Swan Coastal Plain IBRA regions.