Carolina Vetch or Wood Vetch, Vicia caroliniana
Fabaceae or Pea Family
 


Low trailing or climbing vine.  Leaves divided into many leaflets that are not opposite each other along the main rib.  Leaflets are elongated ovals.  Last leaflet replaced with tendril that can wrap around other plants to assist Carolina vetch in climbing.  Flowers white or bluish-white, shaped like a narrow pea flower.  Fruits flattened peapods.

Occasional in the woods, and along trails and roads. 

Distinctive, easily identified plant.  Narrow-leaved vetch has branching tendrils and pink-violet flowers, and grows in open, sunny areas.