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Vicia americana
Vicia americana (American Vetch)
Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Foothills, montane, subalpine. Woodlands, meadows. Summer.
Bear Creek Trail, June 14, 2005.

The incredibly rich hues of lavender/purple and the numerous flowers make this common Pea quite noticeable even though individual flowers are small.  Hairiness and leaf shape are highly variable.  Vicia americana is found in mountain meadows in the Four Corners area.  It usually wraps its tendrils around other plants for support.  It is a common plant in much of the United States and southern Canada.

Linnaeus named this genus in 1753, and Gotthiff Muhlenberg (1753-1815) named this species in 1801.  The name "Vetch" is applied to members of several genera of the Pea Family.  "Vicia" is the classical Latin name for this plant.

Vicia americana
Vicia americana (American Vetch)
Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Foothills, montane, subalpine. Woodlands, meadows. Summer.
Colorado Trail above Roaring Fork Road, June 29, 2006.

Grasses at trailside are often alive with the vibrancy of Vicia americana.

Vicia americana
Vicia americana (American Vetch)
Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Foothills, montane, subalpine. Woodlands, meadows. Summer.
Bear Creek Trail, June 14, 2005.

Vicia americana
Vicia americana (American Vetch)
Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Foothills, montane, subalpine. Woodlands, meadows. Summer.
Navajo Lake Trail, August 30, 2007.

Seed pods dangle. Leaves of Vicia americana can vary as little as shown on this page or can be half as wide.

Vicia americana
Vicia americana
Fab
aceae (Pea Family)

Foothills, montane, subalpine. Woodlands, meadows. Summer.
Bear Creek Trail, June 29, 2010.

Puccinia, a genus of rust fungi, affects a number of native wildflowers and although I have found very few infected plants other than Mustards (click to see), the more I search, the more I find.  I have not been able to identify the species of Puccinia infecting the Vicia americana in the photograph.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

State Color Key

Species present in state and native
Species present in state and exotic
Species not present in state

County Color Key

Species present and not rare
Species present and rare
Species extirpated (historic)
Species extinct
Species noxious
Species exotic and present
Native species, but adventive in state
Eradicated
Questionable presence

Range map for Vicia americana