Vetches (Vicia sp.)

Vetch by bill kralovec
Vetch, a photo by bill kralovec on Flickr.

On a walk in the Fruska Gora National Park we spotted many wild flowers in the open areas near the forests. I’ve seen vetches all over, including Friendship Park in New Belgrade. Their are 140 species in the genus Vicia. Vetches belong to the bean (legume) family and are important “nitrogen-fixers.” This means they have nodules on their roots that take nitrogen from the air and incorporate into the soil. They are an important source of fodder for ruminants.

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