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Taxon: Lathyrus sativus L.

Genus: Lathyrus
Family: Fabaceae (alt. Leguminosae) subfamily: Faboideae tribe: Fabeae. Also placed in: Papilionaceae
Nomen number: 21613
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:730. 1753
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 28-Oct-1988 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 19-Apr-2000
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6).
Accessions: 295 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • chickling-pea   (Source: AH 505 ) – English
  • chickling-vetch   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • dogtooth-pea   (Source: Pl Book ) – English
  • grass peavine   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • grass-pea   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • Indian-pea   (Source: Pl Book ) – English
  • khesari   (Source: Pl Book ) – English
  • Riga-pea   (Source: Pl Book ) – English
  • wedge peavine   (Source: Leg ErWild ) – English
  • gelban   (Source: F Egypt ) – Arabic
  • jia shan li dou   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • gesse commune   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • gesse cultivée   (Source: L Noms French ed7 ) – French
  • lentille d'Espagne   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • pois carré   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • Saatplatterbse   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • chícharo   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Portuguese
  • chícharo   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • plattvial   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

  • Human food: vegetable   (but a detoxifying method is needed fide Pl Res SEAs 1:50. 1989; Curr. Pl. Sci. Biotechnol. Agric. 19:144-155. 1996)
  • Animal food: potential as forage   (fide Genet Res Crop Evol 45:423-431. 1998)
  • Gene sources: potential gene source for pea   (fide Euphytica 137:353. 2004)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals   (fide Kingsbury; Cooper & Johnson ed2)

Distributional range:

    Africa [n.]
    China: China
    East Europe: Russian Federation - European part
    Europe [s. & c.]

    Africa [n.]
    Middle Asia: Kazakhstan; Uzbekistan
    China: China
    Indian Subcontinent: Bangladesh; India; Pakistan
    Australia: Australia
    East Europe: Russian Federation - European part
    Europe [s. & c.]



Check other web resources for Lathyrus sativus L.:

  • Flora Europaea: Database of European Plants (ESFEDS)
  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ILDIS: International Legume Database and Information Service
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.

Images or nodulation data:

  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (30 August 2015)

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