Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa)Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa)
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Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa)
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Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa) - 01
(Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa) - 01)  This is a patch of hairy vetch growing in a field just beyond the mowed area at the side of the road.  The vetch is almost vine-like, being supported by other vegetation.
Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa) - 01a
(Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa) - 01a)  In this photo, we can see the alternating pinnate leaves of the hairy vetch.  Some of the leaves seem to be growing almost opposite from each other.
Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa) - 02
(Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa) - 02)  The purple colored wildflowers in this God-created living bouquet are two kinds of vetch, cow and hairy.  During the last few years, we hardly saw any due to excessive roadside mowing, but this year the vetch had re-established itself further back in the field.
Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa) - 03
(Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa) - 03)  The major characteristic of the hairy vetch is the white lower petals of the flowers.
Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa) - 04
(Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa) - 04)  This is a close up view of the hairy vetch flower with its upper purple and lower white petals.
Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa) - 04a
(Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa) - 04a)  This is an enlarged side view of the hairy vetch flower.  The individual cell structure of the petals can also be seen, particularly in the upper purple ones.

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