1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Lathyrus L.
      1. Lathyrus sphaericus Retz.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Central Europe to Medit. and Afghanistan, Tropical African Mountains.

    [FTEA]

    Leguminosae, J. B. Gillett, R. M. Polhill & B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1971

    Habit
    A suberect or spreading annual herb (6–) 10–30 cm. long.
    Stem
    Stems usually much branched below, glabrous or (in Europe) sparsely pilose.
    Leaves
    Leaves 2-foliolate; leaflets linear or lanceolate, 1–6·5(–10) cm. long, 1–4·5 mm. wide, attenuate-acute at both ends, glabrous or sparsely pilose; petiole 3–7(–15) mm. long, ending in an awn or, in the case of the upper leaves, an unbranched tendril; stipules narrowly semisagittate, 0·3–1·9 cm. long, the lobes narrow, often almost filiform.
    Flowers
    Flowers solitary, axillary; peduncle mostly short and less than 1 cm. in European material but 1–2·5 cm. long in African material; rhachis-prolongation (“bract”) awn-like, 0·5–2(–4) cm. long; pedicels 2–5 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx glabrous or almost so; tube 2–3 mm. long; lobes subulate or linear, 3–4 mm. long.
    Corolla
    Corolla orange-red, red or white; standard obovate-oblong, 5–9(–10) mm. long, 4–8 mm. wide.
    Fruits
    Pod linear-oblong, compressed, 4–6 cm. long, 3·5–6 mm. wide, beaked; sutures thickened; valves with strong raised ± parallel venation.
    Seeds
    Seeds dark brown, subglobose, smooth, sometimes pruinose, 2–3 mm. in diameter.
    Habitat
    Grassland at forest edges, open scrub; (1650–) 1950–3000 m.
    Distribution
    K3 K4 K5 K6 T2 U2 widespread in E. Europe eastwards to Afghanistan, also N. Africa and Atlantic Is.
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Mediterranean bushland & thicket, Afromontane(upland) bushland and thicket., Afromontane grassland, Mediterranean woodland.
    Habit
    Annual, Climbing/Not climbing, Herb
    Vernacular
    China Sharovidnaya

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Baleares, Bulgaria, Canary Is., Corse, Cyprus, East Aegean Is., Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kenya, Kriti, Krym, Lebanon-Syria, Madeira, Morocco, Nepal, North Caucasus, Pakistan, Palestine, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Sardegna, Sicilia, Spain, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Tanzania, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Uganda, West Himalaya, Yugoslavia, Zaïre

    Introduced into:

    Austria, California, Denmark, Oregon, South Australia, Sri Lanka, Sweden

    Lathyrus sphaericus Retz. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Observ. Bot. 3: 39 (1783)

    Accepted by

    • Lepschi, B. & Monro, A. (Project Coordinators) (2014). Australian Plant Census (APC) Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria. http://www.anbg.gov.au/chah/apc/index.html.
    • Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. (2012). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 4: 1-431. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
    • Fischer, M.A. & Niklfeld, H. (eds.) (2011). Floristische Neufunde (99-123) Neilreichia 6: 365-396.
    • Zervous, S., Raus, T. & Yannitsaros, A. (2009). Additons to the flora of the island of Kalimnos (SE Aegean, Greece) Willdenowia 39: 165-177.
    • Kumar, S. & Sane, P.V. (2003). Legumes of South Asia. A Checklist: 1-536. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Boulos, L. (1999). Flora of Egypt 1: 1-419. Al Hadara Publishing, Cairo.
    • Isely, D. (1998). Native and Naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the United States: 1-1007. Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
    • Yakovlev, G.P., Sytin, A.K. & Roskov, Y.R. (1996). Legumes of Northern Eurasia. A checklist: 1-724. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Greuter, W., Burdet, H.M. & Long, G. (eds.) (1989). Med-checklist 4: 1-458. Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.
    • Chrtková-Zertová, A., van der Maesen, L.J.G. & Rechinger, K.H. (1979). Papilionaceae I - Vicieae Flora Iranica 140: 1-89. Naturhistorisches Museums Wien.
    • Townsend, C.C. (1974). Flora of Iraq 3: 1-662. Ministry of Agriculture & Agrarian Reform, Baghdad.
    • Tutin, T.G. & al. (eds.) (1968). Flora Europaea 2: 1-469. Cambridge University Press.
    • Nikitin, V.V. (ed.) (1949). Flora Turkmenii 4: 1-364. Turkmenskoe gosudarstvennoe izd., Ashkhabad.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Lepschi, B. & Monro, A. (Project Coordinators) (2014). Australian Plant Census (APC) Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria. http://www.anbg.gov.au/chah/apc/index.html.
    • Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. (2012). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 4: 1-431. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
    • Fischer, M.A. & Niklfeld, H. (eds.) (2011). Floristische Neufunde (99-123) Neilreichia 6: 365-396.
    • Zervous, S., Raus, T. & Yannitsaros, A. (2009). Additons to the flora of the island of Kalimnos (SE Aegean, Greece) Willdenowia 39: 165-177.
    • Kumar, S. & Sane, P.V. (2003). Legumes of South Asia. A Checklist: 1-536. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Boulos, L. (1999). Flora of Egypt 1: 1-419. Al Hadara Publishing, Cairo.
    • Isely, D. (1998). Native and Naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the United States: 1-1007. Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
    • Yakovlev, G.P., Sytin, A.K. & Roskov, Y.R. (1996). Legumes of Northern Eurasia. A checklist: 1-724. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Greuter, W., Burdet, H.M. & Long, G. (eds.) (1989). Med-checklist 4: 1-458. Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.
    • Chrtková-Zertová, A., van der Maesen, L.J.G. & Rechinger, K.H. (1979). Papilionaceae I - Vicieae Flora Iranica 140: 1-89. Naturhistorisches Museums Wien.
    • Tutin, T.G. & al. (eds.) (1968). Flora Europaea 2: 1-469. Cambridge University Press.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Boutique in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 6: 78 (1954).
    • Bak. f., Leguminosae of Tropical Africa: 349 (1929).
    • Bak. in Flora of Tropical Africa 2: 174 (1871).
    • Retz., Obs. Bot. 3: 39 (1783).
    International Legume Database and Information Service
    • Chefranova, Z. V. (1987). In: Flora Partis Europaeae URSS, Vol. 6. Leningrad. (Rus)
    • Kaul, M. K. (1985). Weed Flora of Kashmir Valley. Jodhpur, India.
    • Jafri, S. M. N. (1980). Fabaceae. In: Flora of Libya, Pt. 86. Jaffri & El Gadi
    • Raizada, M. B. & Saxena, H. O. (1978). Flora of Mussoorie, Vol. 1.
    • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill
    • Fedtschenko, B. A. (1948). Flora URSS, Vol 13. Moscow & Leningrad (Rus)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    International Legume Database and Information Service
    International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0