[The Vetch of the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington]

Annual Cow Vetch, Fodder Vetch, Hairy Vetch, Winter Vetch, Woolly Vetch

Vicia villosa var. villosa

Inflorescence of Annual Cow Vetch, Fodder Vetch, Hairy Vetch, Winter Vetch: Vicia villosa

The photo above shows a close-up of the long, slender flowers of annual cow vetch as seen at Catherine Creek in the central Columbia River Gorge.........June 3, 2006. Note how the back of the calyx extends backwards (or upwards) from the pedicel. Note also the unequal calyx lobes for each flower. They are shortest on the upper portion of the calyx and much longer and thinner as lateral and ventral lobes.

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In the Columbia River Gorge, it may be found between the elevations of


Pinnately compound leaf of Annual Cow Vetch, Fodder Vetch, Hairy Vetch, Winter Vetch: Vicia villosa

The photo above shows a close-up of a pinnately compound leaf of annual cow vetch as seen at Catherine Creek.......June 3, 2006.

Inflorescence of Annual Cow Vetch, Fodder Vetch, Hairy Vetch, Winter Vetch: Vicia villosa

The photo above shows a close-up of the inflorescence of annual cow vetch as seen at Catherine Creek........June 3, 2006. Note how the numerous flowers are closely spaced together and how they are all turned to point to one side of the inflorescence.

Inflorescence of Annual Cow Vetch, Fodder Vetch, Hairy Vetch, Winter Vetch: Vicia villosa

Inflorescence of hairy vetch as seen along the Old Headquarters Road in the Klickitat State Wildlife Area........May 24, 2009.

Paul Slichter