Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Lentil Vetch - Vicia tetrasperma   (L.) Schreber
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Author(L.) Schreber
DistributionMostly Coastal Plain and lower Piedmont; a few counties in the upper Piedmont and Mountains.

Native of Europe; in N.A. mostly Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific states, and southern Canada.
AbundanceUncommon to locally frequent.
HabitatFields, hayfields, roadsides, edge of parking lot, lawn weed, campus weed, etc.
PhenologyFlowering April-July.
IdentificationLentil Vetch has tiny bluish or lavender axillary flowers and very small leaflets. The seedpods are more noticeable than the flowers, straw or tan color, perfectly elliptical, usually with 4 seeds. V. hirsuta is similar; see that account for differences.
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BA SorrieYard weed, 3076 Niagara-Carthage Road, Whispering Pines. May 2016. MooreOther_non_natural
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