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Genus: Lathyrus (sweet peas and vetchlings)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Fabales > Fabaceae > Subfamily: Papilionoideae

About 160 species (temperate regions of Europe, North America, Asia and tropical East Africa); 17 species have been cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Lathyrus angulatus

Native to the Mediterranean.

 

Lathyrus annuus

Native from the Mediterranean to central Asia.

 

Lathyrus aphaca (Yellow vetchling)

Native to Eurasia and North Africa.

 

Lathyrus batifolius

 

Lathyrus cicera

Native to the Mediterranean.

 

Lathyrus clymenum

Native to the Mediterranean.

 

Lathyrus hirsutus (Hairy vetchling)

Native to the Mediterranean.

 

Lathyrus latifolius (Broad-leaved everlasting pea)

Native to southern Europe.

Lathyrus nissolia (Grass vetchling)

Native to the Mediterranean.

 

Lathyrus niger (Black pea)

Native from Europe to the Caucasus.

 

Lathyrus ochrus

Native to the Mediterranean.

 

Lathyrus odoratus (Sweet pea)

Native to Italy.

 

Lathyrus pubescens

Native to Chile.

 

Lathyrus sativus (Indian pea, Riga pea, Dogtooth pea, Khesari)

Native from southern Europe to southwestern Asia.

 

Lathyrus sylvestris (Narrow-leaved everlasting pea)

Native from Europe to the Caucasus.

 

Lathyrus tingitanus (Tangier pea)

Native from the Canary Islands to Sardinia.

 

Lathyrus vernus (Spring pea)

Native from Europe to Siberia.

 

Links

Publications

  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.

 

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