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Taxon: Vicia cracca L.

Genus: Vicia subgenus: Vicilla section: Cracca
Family: Fabaceae (alt. Leguminosae) subfamily: Faboideae tribe: Fabeae. Also placed in: Papilionaceae
Nomen number: 300659
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:735. 1753
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 26-Aug-1986 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 09-May-2011
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6).
Accessions: 76 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

A declared aquatic or terrestrial noxious weed and/or noxious-weed seed in these U.S. states (see state noxious weed lists), with links to state information or web documents:
ªAquatic. *Terrestrial. °In seed.
noxious weed information from Invaders Database System for northwestern U.S.

See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • bird vetch   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English   [Vicia cracca subsp. cracca]
  • boreal vetch   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English   [Vicia cracca subsp. cracca]
  • cow vetch   (Source: Pl Names ) – English
  • tufted vetch   (Source: BSBI ) – English
  • tufted vetch   (Source: State Noxweed Seed ) – English   [Vicia cracca subsp. cracca]
  • vesque craque   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French   [Vicia cracca subsp. cracca]
  • Vogelwicke   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German   [Vicia cracca subsp. cracca]
  • ervilhaca   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Portuguese   [Vicia cracca subsp. cracca]
  • cisirão   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • ervilhaca-dos-passarinhos   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • gorošek myšinyj   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Transliterated Russian
  • arveja   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish   [Vicia cracca subsp. cracca]
  • veza de pájaro   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish   [Vicia cracca subsp. cracca]
  • veza francesa   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish   [Vicia cracca subsp. cracca]
  • kråkvicker   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: soil improver   (fide Leg China)
  • Animal food: fodder   (fide Leg China)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant   (fide Geigy Weed Tables. 1968)

Distributional range:

    Western Asia: Cyprus; Israel; Jordan; Lebanon; Syria; Turkey
    Caucasus: Russian Federation - Checheno-Ingushetia, Dagestan, Karachay-Cherkessia, Krasnodar, North Ossetia, Stavropol
    Siberia: Russian Federation - Aga Buryat, Altay, Buryatia, Chelyabinsk, Chita, Evenk, Gorno-Altay, Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Khakassia, Khanty-Mansi, Krasnoyarsk, Kurgan, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Sverdlovsk, Taymyr, Tomsk, Tuva, Tyumen, Ust Orda Buryat, Yakutia-Sakha
    Middle Asia: Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan
    Mongolia: Mongolia
    China: China [n.]
    Eastern Asia: Japan - Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku; Korea; Taiwan [natzd.?]
    Indo-China: Vietnam [n.]
    Northern Europe: Denmark; Finland; Ireland; Norway; Sweden
    Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czechoslovakia; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Poland; Switzerland
    East Europe: Belarus; Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania; Moldova; Russian Federation - Arkhangelsk, Astrakhan, Bashkortostan, Belgorod, Bryansk, Chuvashia, Ivanovo, Kaliningrad, Kalmykia, Kaluga, Karelia, Kirov, Komi, Komi-Permyak, Kostroma, Kursk, Leningrad, Lipetsk, Mari-El, Mordvinia, Moscow, Murmansk, Nenets, Novgorod, Orel, Orenburg, Penza, Perm, Pskov, Rostov, Ryazan, Saratov, Smolensk, Tambov, Tatarstan, Tula, Udmurtia, Ulyanovsk, Vladimir, Volgograd, Vologda, Voronezh, Yaroslavl; Ukraine [incl. Krym]
    Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bulgaria; Former Yugoslavia; Greece; Italy [incl. Sardinia, Sicily]; Romania
    Southwestern Europe: France [incl. Corsica]; Portugal; Spain

  • naturalized elsewhere




Check other web resources for Vicia cracca L.:

  • Flora Europaea: Database of European Plants (ESFEDS)
  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ILDIS: International Legume Database and Information Service
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.

Images or nodulation data:

  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (04 September 2015)

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