American vetch

(Vicia americana)

American vetch (var. americana)









Distribution Map



2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 24, 28, 29, 30, 72.

  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Magnoliopsida (flowering plants)  
  Superorder Rosanae  


Fabales (legumes, milkworts, and allies)  


Fabaceae (legumes)  
  Subfamily Faboideae  
  Tribe Fabeae (peas, vetches, and allies)  
  Genus Vicia (vetches)  
  Subgenus Vicilla  
  Section Americanae  

Subordinate Taxa


American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

Mexican vetch (Vicia americana ssp. mexicana)

mat vetch (Vicia americana ssp. minor)






Common Names


American deervetch

American purple vetch

American vetch









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  Vicia americana
Matt Lavin
  Vicia americana  

Native rhizomatous perennial herb, stems climbing by means of leaf tendrils, leaflets serrate at least distally, terminal leaflet is reduced to a tendril, racemes usually few-flowered, pod laterally compressed with multiple lenticular seeds, common in sagebrush steppe, grasslands, including roadsides and any open dry area with moderate levels of disturbance.




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Badoura Jack Pine Woodland SNA

Baker Park Reserve

Banning State Park

Big Woods Heritage Forest WMA

Blackhoof River WMA

Blue Devil Valley SNA

Blue Mounds State Park

Bur Oak WMA

Carver Park Reserve

Cedar Mountain SNA

Charles A. Lindbergh State Park

Cottonwood River Prairie SNA

Dry Sand WMA

Englund Ecotone SNA

Falls Creek SNA

Flandrau State Park

Fort Ridgely State Park

Franconia Bluffs SNA

Gneiss Outcrops SNA

Greenwater Lake SNA

Gustafson’s Camp SNA

Helen Allison Savanna SNA

Hemlock Ravine SNA

Iron Springs Bog SNA

Itasca State Park

John Peter Hoffman Spring Brook Valley WMA

Joseph A. Tauer Prairie SNA

Kasota Prairie

Kasota Prairie SNA

La Salle Lake SNA

Lake Alexander Woods SNA, South Unit

Lake Carlos State Park

Lake Elmo Park Reserve

Lake Louise State Park

Lake Maria State Park

Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Lester Lake SNA

Maplewood State Park

Mary Schmidt Crawford Woods SNA

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Morton Outcrops SNA

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

Ney Nature Center

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Rengstorf Unit

Old Mill State Park

Ordway Prairie

Otter Tail Prairie SNA

Partch Woods SNA

Paul Bunyan Savanna

Phelps Lake WMA

Pilot Knob

Prairie Creek WMA, Koester Prairie Unit

Quarry Park SNA

Racine Prairie SNA

Ripley Esker SNA

Ritter Farm Park

River Warren Outcrops SNA

Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve

Rock Ridge Prairie SNA

Rockville County Park

St. Croix Savanna SNA

Savage Fen SNA

Savanna Portage State Park

Scenic State Park

Schoolcraft State Park

Sedan Brook Prairie SNA

Seven Sisters Prairie

Shooting Star Prairie SNA

Sibley State Park

Staffanson Prairie

Swedes Forest SNA

Tiedemann WMA

Tribute WMA

Twin Lakes SNA

Upper Sioux Agency State Park

Whitetail Woods Regional Park

Wild River State Park

William O’Brien State Park

Woodbury WMA

Zumbro Falls Woods SNA





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