FOURLEAF VETCH (Vicia spp. likely acutifolia)

WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: FOURLEAF VETCH (Vicia spp. likely acutifolia)

Delicate, sticky vine that is aggressive but disappears when it heats up. Great spring nectar source for pollinators. Said to be larval host for barred yellow butterfly (Eurema daira). If you look closely at the photo you will see the prolific seeds in the tiny pods.

Learn: http://regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=viciacut

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=vicia

Earlier photo shows benefit to bees.

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