[Tares and Vetches: The Genus Vicia West of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington]

Giant Vetch, Black Vetch

Vicia nigricans var. gigantea

Synonyms: Vicia gigantea, Vicia nigricans ssp. gigantea

Inflorescence of Giant Vetch, Black Vetch: Vicia nigricans var. gigantea (Synonym: Vicia gigantea, Vicia nigricans ssp. gigantea)

Close-up of the inflorescence of giant vetch as seen at Bayocean Spit at the western edge of Tillamook Bay, northern Oregon coast.........May 22, 2009.

Leaf stipules of Giant Vetch, Black Vetch: Vicia nigricans var. gigantea (Synonym: Vicia gigantea, Vicia nigricans ssp. gigantea)

Close-up of the leaf stipules of giant vetch as seen at Bayocean Spit at the western edge of Tillamook Bay, northern Oregon coast........May 22, 2009.

Inflorescence of Giant Vetch, Black Vetch: Vicia nigricans var. gigantea (Synonym: Vicia gigantea, Vicia nigricans ssp. gigantea) - Leafy stipules of Giant Vetch, Black Vetch: Vicia nigricans var. gigantea (Synonym: Vicia gigantea, Vicia nigricans ssp. gigantea)

Additional close-up photos of the inflorescence and leaf-like stipules of giant vetch as seen above the beach at Barview Jetty County Park on the northern Oregon coast........May 22, 2009.

Giant Vetch, Black Vetch: Vicia nigricans var. gigantea (Synonym: Vicia gigantea, Vicia nigricans ssp. gigantea)

Giant Vetch, Black Vetch: Vicia nigricans var. gigantea (Synonym: Vicia gigantea, Vicia nigricans ssp. gigantea) - Giant Vetch, Black Vetch: Vicia nigricans var. gigantea (Synonym: Vicia gigantea, Vicia nigricans ssp. gigantea)

Giant vetch beginning to bloom along the service road to the beach at Sitka Sedge State Natural Area, Oregon Coast......April 20, 2019.

Paul Slichter