Bush Vetch
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Bush Vetch
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Bush Vetch, Hedge Vetch
Botanical name: Vicia sepium     Family: Fabaceae (bean family)

Bush Vetch is commonly found on rough ground, climbing on hedges and bushes. The species name sepium means, of hedges and fences. Bush Vetch is a perennial, scrambling or suberect, with creeping rootstock. Compound leaves with 8-12 leaflets, 1-2 cm long. Inflorescence is a 2-6-flowered raceme. Flowers are two-lipped, typical bean family shape, reddish to lilac blue. Bush Vetch is found in the Himalayas at altitudes above 1000 m. It is also found in Europe to N. China.

Identification credit: Umberto Boni Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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