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Taxon: Pisum abyssinicum A. Braun

Genus: Pisum
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Fabeae
Nomen number: 311567
Place of publication: Flora 24:269. 1841
Link to protologue: https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/37553
Name Verified on: 27-Apr-2018 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 28 (20 active, 19 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:

  • Abyssinian pea  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English

Economic Importance:

  • Animal food: fodder; forage
  • Human food: pulse

Distributional Range:



    • ARABIAN PENINSULA: Saudi Arabia





  1. Bogdanova, V. S. et al. 2014. Wild peas vary in their cross-compatibility with cultivated pea (Pisum sativum subsp. sativum L.) depending on alleles of a nuclear-cytoplasmic incompatibility locus. Theor. Appl. Genet. 127:1163-1172.
  2. Ellis, T. H. N. et al. 1998. Polymorphism of insertion sites of Ty1-copia class retrotransposons and its use for linkage and diversity analysis in pea. Molec. Gen. Genet. 260:9-19. Note: provides evidence supporting treatment at species rank
  3. Hanelt, P., ed. 2001. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6 Note: = Pisum sativum subsp. abyssinicum (A. Braun) Berger
  4. Jing, R. et al. 2012. Genetic diversity in European Pisum germplasm collections. Theor. Appl. Genet. 125:367-380.
  5. Kosterin, O. E. & V. S. Bogdanova. 2008. Relationship of wild and cultivated forms of Pisum L. as inferred from an analysis of three markers, of the plastid, mitochondrial and nuclear genomes. Genet. Resources Crop Evol. 55:735-755. Note: supports recognition at the species level
  6. Kosterin, O. E. & V. S. Bogdanova. 2015. Reciprocal compatibility within the genus Pisum L. as studied in F1 hybrids: 1. Crosses involving P. sativum L. subsp. sativum. Genet. Resources Crop Evol. 62:691-709. Note: this study examined crosses involving "the wild pea accession VIR 2759"; this accession is represented at USDA as W6 31627
  7. Kosterin, O. E. et al. 2010. New data on three molecular markers from different cellular genomes in Mediterranean accessions reveal new insights into phylogeography of Pisum sativum L. subsp. elatius (Bieb.) Schmalh.. Genet. Resources Crop Evol. 57:733-739.
  8. Maxted, N. 2012. Review of Fabaceae Cicereae, Fabeae (Vicieae) data for World Economic Plants, ed. 2. pers. comm. via e-mail on 24 Jan.
  9. Smýkal, P. et al. 2011. Phylogeny, phylogeography and genetic diversity of the Pisum genus. Pl. Genet. Resources Charact. Util. 9:4-18.
  10. Smýkal, P. et al. 2015. Legume crops phylogeny and genetic diversity for science and breeding. Crit. Rev. Pl. Sci. 34:43-104. Note: this review cited Pisum abyssinicum as part of the secondary gene pool of pea

Check other web resources for Pisum abyssinicum A. Braun :

  • 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?id=311567. Accessed 11 August 2020.