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Jepson Interchange (more information)
©Copyright 1993 by the Regents of the University of California
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Annual to tree
Leaves generally compound, alternate, stipuled; leaflets generally entire
Inflorescence: generally raceme, spike, umbel or head; flowers sometime 12 in axils
Flowers generally bisexual, generally bilateral; hypanthium generally flat or cup-like; sepals generally 5, fused; petals generally 5, free, or the 2 lower ± fused; stamens 1many, often 10 with 9 filaments at least partly fused, 1 (uppermost) free; pistil 1, ovary superior, generally 1-chambered, ovules 1many, style, stigma 1
Fruit: legume, sometimes including a stalk-like base above receptacle, dehiscent, or indehiscent and breaking into 1-seeded segments, or indehiscent, 1-seeded, and achene-like
Seeds 1several, often ± reniform, generally hard, smooth
Genera in family: ± 650 genera, 18,000 species: worldwide; with grasses, requisite in agriculture and most natural ecosystems. Many cultivated, most importantly Arachis , peanut; Glycine , soybean; Phaseolus , beans; Medicago ; Trifolium ; and many orns.
[Polhill & Raven (eds) 1981 Advances in legume systematics; Allen & Allen 1981 Leguminosae]Family description and key to genera by Duane Isely.
Annual or perennial herb, unarmed
Stem generally sprawling or climbing, ridged or angled
Leaves even-1-pinnate; stipules with an upper (often toothed or lobed) and smaller lower segment; leaflets 4many, alternate to opposite (often on 1 plant), linear to ovate; main leaf axis generally ending as a tendril
Inflorescence: raceme or cluster, axillary; peduncle or pedicels present; bracts small or 0
Flower: corolla generally lavender to purple, sometimes white or yellow; 9 filaments fused, 1 free; style generally round in X -section, hairs tufted at tip
Fruit dehiscent, generally ± oblong, generally flat; base stalk-like or not
Seeds 2 or more
Species in genus: ± 130 species: North America, Eurasia
Etymology: (Latin: vetch)
Reference: [Herman 1960 USDA Handb 168]
Best separated from Lathyrus by style characters.
Perennial, hairy or glabrous
Stem sprawling or short and erect
Leaf: stipules generally sharply lobed; leaflets 816, 13.5 cm, widely elliptic, wedge-shaped, to narrowly oblong, tip acute, truncate, notched, or 15-toothed
Inflorescence ± = subtending leaf; flowers 39, generally loosely spaced, on > 1 side of axis
Flower: corolla 1.52.5 cm (length when pressed ± 2.53.5 X width), generally blue-purple to lavender
Fruit 2.53 cm, 57 mm wide, glabrous or hairy; stalk-like base 25 mm
Ecology: Generally open, moist forest, along streams, disturbed areas
Elevation: < 2400 m.
Bioregional distribution: California Floristic Province, Great Basin Floristic Province
Distribution outside California: N.America (except se US)
Flowering time: AprJun
Synonyms: subsp. oregana (Nutt.) Abrams; var. linearis S. Watson; var. truncata (Nutt.) Brewer; V. californica Greene
Attempts to use leaflet form and hairs to define infraspecific taxa are untenable
Reference: [see Gunn 1968 Iowa State Coll J Sci 42:171214]
Often mistaken for a Lathyrus
Horticultural information: STBL.
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