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Vicia acutifolia (Fourleaf vetch)
Cressler, Alan

Vicia acutifolia

Vicia acutifolia Elliott

Fourleaf Vetch

Fabaceae (Pea Family)


USDA Symbol: VIAC3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Vine
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Bipinnate
Inflorescence: Raceme
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Sprawling vine. Stems to about 3 feet in length.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Violet
Bloom Time: Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Flowers are white to pale lavender.


USA: AL , FL , GA , SC

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FACW
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Vicia acutifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Vicia acutifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Vicia acutifolia


Record Modified: 2015-09-21
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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