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Blue or Purple Flowers ( Pea-like Flowers )
Pea Family (Leguminosae)

Wild Vetch/American Vetch
Vicia americana

Season: Summer
Habitat:
 Montane on both sides of Continental Divide
Height:
 Climbing Vine

Description: There are many similar members of the pea family in the Rockies, but the wild vetch can be distinguished from look-alikes by its distinctive tendril at the end of each of its compound leaves. A classic trailing vine, the tendrils enable it to climb above the forest floor. The leaves are compound, with numerous smooth margined, narrow leaflets. The purple pea flowers occur in groups at the end of leafless stems.

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All Material Ward Cameron 2005

 

 

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