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Taxon: Pisum sativum L. subsp. sativum var. macrocarpum Ser.

Genus: Pisum
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Fabeae
Nomen number: 319442
Place of publication: A. P. de Candolle, Prodr. 2:368. 1825
Link to protologue:
  • • spelling verified from original literature
  • • the first author to unite P. macrocarpum and P. saccharatum appears to be C. Fruwirth in Ill. Gart.-Zeitung 12:197. 1887, who, in adopting Sturtevant's (1885) treatment of pea over that of Langethal (1876), stated "während P. macrocarpum [of Sturtevant] gleich der P. saccharatum [of Langethal] ist", thereby establishing priority of P. sativum var. macrocarpum Ser. over var. saccharatum Ser. under Shenzhen ICN Art. 11.5.
Name Verified on: 20-Dec-1993 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 1 (1 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Autonyms (not in current use), synonyms and invalid designations:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym, I invalid designation)

Common names:

  • edible-pod pea  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • snow pea  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • sugar pea  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • Zucker-Erbsen  (Source: Zander Ency) - German

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: vegetable; vegetable; vegetable

Distributional Range:

    Cultivated (only cult.)


  1. Erhardt, W. et al. 2008. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen Note: lists as Pisum sativum Macrocarpon Group
  2. Hedrick, U. P. 1928. The vegetables of New York. 1(1):18. Note: = Pisum sativum var. saccharatum Asch. & Graebn.
  3. Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening Note: lists as "macrocarpon"
  4. Jing, R. et al. 2010. The genetic diversity and evolution of field pea (Pisum) studied by high throughput retrotransposon based insertion polymorphismm (RBIP) marker analysis. B. M. C. Evol. Biol. 10:44.
  5. Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third. Note: lists as "macrocarpon"
  6. Markle, G. M. et al., eds. 1998. Food and feed crops of the United States, ed. 2 Note: lists as "macrocarpon"
  7. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).

Check other web resources for Pisum sativum L. subsp. sativum var. macrocarpum Ser. :

  • ILDIS: International Legume Database & Information Service
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas 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.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?319442. Accessed 28 March 2020.