Vetch (Vicia amoena)

Dmitry Poltavsky - Vicia amoena

Vicia is a genus of about 140 species of flowering plants that are part of the legume family (Fabaceae), and which are commonly known as vetches. Vicia amoena is a species of vetch native to Asia (Siberia, the Russian Far East, Mongolia, northern China, Japan, Korea). Vicia amoena is a herbaceous perennial climbing plant growing 50-100 cm tall. The much-branched stems scramble over the ground, climbing into the surrounding vegetation where they attach themselves by means of tendrils. Vicia means binder in Latin; this was the name used by Pliny for vetch.