Irish wildflowers Vicia sativa agg.  


Photographs: Co.Cork

Common Vetch
Vicia sativa subsp. segetalis
Peasair chapaill
Family: Fabaceae

Flowering time: April-September. Annual. Introduced.

Flowers usually pink-purple or bi-coloured. Solitary or pairs in leaf-axils.
Ripe fruit brownish-black, smooth, usually hairless. Upper leaflets little narrower than lower. Tendrils usually branched. Straggling ridged stems. Very variable.

Disturbed ground, roadsides, waste ground, mainly S and E Ireland. Not separately recorded until 1991, but it is the most frequent subspecies.

  V. sativa subsp. nigra and   V. sativa subsp. sativa are both rare. Identified by Paul Green.
     


    
Common Vetch. Blue form: Sherkin Island, Co.Cork. Aug 2007. White form: Inchidoney Beach, Co.Cork. May 2008         

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