Vicia villosa, Vicia dasycarpa, Winter vetch,
Hebrew: ביקיה שעירה , Arabic: البيقية الموبرة

Scientific name:  Vicia villosa Roth
Synonym name:  Vicia dasycarpa Ten.
Common name:  Winter vetch
Hebrew name:   ביקיה שעירה
Arabic name:  البيقية الموبرة
Plant Family:  Papillionaceae, פרפרניים

Israel wildflowers and native plants

Life form:  Stems
Stems:  Stems 50-200 cm in length; usually pubescent (covered with soft woolly fuzz)
Leaves:  Alternate, compound
Flowers:  Violet
Fruits / Pods:  Legume; oblong, flattened, obliquely beaked, 2 to 3 cm long and 7 to 10 mm wide; dark to light straw colored, and can be pubescent or glabrous; seeds, smooth, round, black
Flowering Period:  February, March, April, May
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  The Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands
Chorotype:  Euro-Siberian - Med - Euro-Turanian
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

 Vicia villosa, Vicia dasycarpa, Winter vetch, ביקיה שעירה ,البيقية الموبرة


Derivation of the botanical name:
Vicia, vetch; the classical Latin name for these herbs, perhaps related to vincire to bind.
villosa, shaggy, hairy.
dasycarpa , Greek dasy δασυϛ, shaggy, thickly, markedly hairy; carpa, karpos, fruit; with shaggy fruits.
vetch, late 14c., from Old North French, veche, variant of Old French vece, from Latin vicia.
  • The standard author abbreviation Roth is used to indicate Albrecht Wilhelm Roth (1757 – 1834), a German physician and botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Ten. is used to indicate Michele Tenore (1780 – 1861), an Italian botanist.