Vicia sativa L. ssp. nigra (L.) Ehrh.

Family: Fabaceae

Pertinent Synonyms & Notes (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other synonyms)

Vicia angustifolia L.

Pertinent Common Names (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other common names)

blackpod vetch, narrowleaf vetch

Primary Disseminule Type


Description (diagnostics are in brown)

Fruit a dehiscent pod, oblong, terete, 4–6 cm long x 5–7 mm wide, black.

Seed ± globose, 2–4(5) mm diameter. Surface dull to semiglossy, finely rough, olive brown to dark red mottled with black splotches.

Hilum linear to lanceolate, ca. 2 mm long x 0.75 mm wide at broadest end, elevated along a central furrow, lighter in color than the slightly depressed margins.

Risk Assessment (codes in yellow or red indicate cause for concern; assessments are current as of mid-2011; click AUQP, NZBORIC, or NZBPI for access to the most recent versions of these databases and possible assessment changes)