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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. Last Changed: 10-Apr-2019
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6)
Accessions: 1 (1 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System


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 (fide Hortus 3; Dict Gard); vegetable (fide Hortus 3; Dict Gard)

Distributional Range:

    Cultivated (only cult.)


  1. Erhardt, W. et al. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen (Zander Ency)
  2. Hedrick, U. P. 1928. The vegetables of New York 1(1):18.
  3. Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening (Dict Gard)
  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 Hortus third. (Hortus 3)
  6. Markle, G. M. et al., eds. Food and feed crops of the United States, ed. 2 (Food Feed Crops US)
  7. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)

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. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=319442. Accessed 18 June 2019.