Vicia sylvatica

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaFabaceaeViciaVicia sylvatica

Ecology

A climbing or scrambling perennial of hedges, wood-borders and clearings, scrub, rough ungrazed grassland on cliffs, wooded gorges and also on shingle, screes and railway bank. A genetically dwarf variant (var. condensata) occurs on shingle and coastal cliffs in N. & W. Britain and Ireland. 0-675 m (Breadalbanes, Mid Perth).

Status

Native

World Distribution

Eurosiberian Boreo-temperate element.

© K.J. Walker, BSBI

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.1

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.3

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1119

Height (cm): 150

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Hemicryptophyte

Woodiness

Herbaceous

Clonality - primary

Rhizome shortly creeping

Comment on Clonality

Clonal according to Clopla1; British information not available

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 623

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 57

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: -0.71

Weighted Changed Factor: -52

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)

48

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000003289