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Taxon: Lathyrus sativus L.

Genus: Lathyrus
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Fabeae
Nomen number: 21613
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:730. 1753
Link to protologue:
Typification: View in Linnean Typification Project
Name Verified on: 28-Oct-1988 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 404 (295 active, 283 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (Map)

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
  • chicken vetch  (Source: ICAW) - English (Canada)
  • 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
  • gesse cultivée  (Source: ICAW) - French (Canada)
  • Saatplatterbse  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German
  • chícharo  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Portuguese
  • chícharo  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • plattvial  (Source: Kulturvaxtdatabas) - Swedish
  • jia shan li dou  (Source: F ChinaEng) - Transcribed Chinese

Economic Importance:

  • Animal food: potential as forage
  • Human food:
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals; mammals

Distributional Range:


    • Africa (n.)

    • MIDDLE ASIA: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan
    • CHINA: China

    • INDIAN SUBCONTINENT: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan

    • AUSTRALIA: Australia

    • EASTERN EUROPE: Russian Federation-European part [European part]
    • Europe (s. & c.)


    • Africa (n.)

    • CHINA: China

    • EASTERN EUROPE: Russian Federation-European part [European part]
    • Europe (s. & c.)


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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 & 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.


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image

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?id=21613. Accessed 10 July 2020.