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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Canary Islands, Medit. to Central Asia.
Cicer arietinum (chickpea)

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect or prostrate, perennial or annual, usually viscid herbs or subshrubs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 3-foliolate or more usually pinnate, the terminal leaflet sometimes replaced by a tendril or spine; leaflets very conspicuously dentate; stipules often conspicuous, leafy, oblique, toothed or deeply divided; stipels absent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences axillary, few-flowered or flowers solitary; bracts small; bracteoles absent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 5-lobed, the tube oblique or gibbous; lobes sub-equal or the upper pair shorter, connivent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla small, white, blue or purplish; standard ovate or rounded, narrowed into a broad claw, without appendages
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Vexillary stamen free; anthers uniform
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary 2–few-ovuled; style filiform, incurved, not bearded; stigma terminal
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods sessile, oblong-ellipsoid, inflated
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds subglobose or irregularly obovoid; hilum small.

[FZ]

Leguminosae, various authors. Flora Zambesiaca 3:7. 2003

Morphology General Habit
Erect or prostrate annuals, or perennial herbs with annual stems from woody rootstocks, pubescent with stalked glandular hairs or hairs eglandular, sometimes the leaf rhachis, peduncles and stipules spinose.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 3-foliolate or more usually pinnate, imparipinnate or paripinnate with the rhachis ending in a tendril or spine; leaflets conspicuously dentate; stipules small or large, foliaceous, dentate or incised.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers solitary or in 2–5-flowered axillary racemes; bracts small; bracteoles absent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx nearly regular, 5-lobed; tube short, oblique or dorsally gibbous; lobes subequal.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white, pink, purplish or blue, veined; standard obovate, narrowed into a broad claw, without appendages; wings oblong-obovate, free from the keel.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Vexillary stamen free; anthers all similar.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary sessile, 1–10-ovuled; style filiform, incurved, glabrous; stigma dilated or not, terminal.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods sessile, elliptic, obovate or elongate-rhomboid, acuminate, inflated.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds subglobose to oblong-obovoid, beaked; hilum without an aril.

[LOWO]

Legumes of the World. Edited by G. Lewis, B. Schrire, B. MacKinder & M. Lock. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. (2005)

Note
Cicer, the only genus in Cicereae (Fig. 55), occurs exclusively in the Old World, with centres of distribution in W and C Asia. One of the 43 species occurs in NE tropical Africa. Cicer arietinum L., the chickpea , is widely cultivated in warm temperate and subtropical regions. The genus was formerly placed in Fabeae (as Vicieae), however, Kupicha (1977; 1981b) showed clearly that the genus is distinct and reinstated tribe Cicereae. Steele & Wojciechowski (2003) and Wojciechowski (2003) find Cicer is best supported as sister to the Trifolieae–Fabeae clade.

Polhill (1981a) had placed Cicereae as part of his ‘temperate epulvinate series’. Doyle (1995) and Liston (1995) grouped the Cicereae, Trifolieae, Galegeae, Hedysareae, Fabeae (as Vicieae) and some genera currently in Millettieae sens. lat., on the basis that they lack the inverted repeat (IR). Wojciechowski et al. (2000) placed Cicereae within their Inverted Repeat Lacking Clade (IRLC) and within this, in their Vicioid clade. Galega and Cicereae are sister groups in this analysis to the rest of the Vicioid clade which includes Fabeae and Trifolieae (except Parochetus which is basally branching to the Vicioid clade). The postulated relationship with Galega is unexpected and, perhaps because of this, the morphological similarities and/or differences remain unexplored. The analyses of Wojciechowski (2003), Steele & Wojciechowski (2003) and Wojciechowski et al. (2004), suggest that Cicereae remains a fairly isolated group with respect to Galega and the Trifolieae-Fabeae clade. In future, tribe Galegeae sens. strict. is likely to comprise the single genus Galega, although relationships with Parochetus and Cicereae need to be studied further to ascertain if these should also be included.

Habit
Herbs, sometimes shrubby
Ecology
Mediterranean and warm and continental temperate grassland and shrubland; perennial species often montane or upland
Distribution
Mediterranean region to W and C Asia, Canary Islands and NE tropical Africa

[LOWO]
Use
Cicer arietinum L. is a major pulse crop (chickpea, pois chiche, garbanzo, Bengal gram, chana) , joining peas and lentils as one of the three main foodpulses; the seeds are also ground into flour, used in soup, dhal and bread or are mashed with oils and spices into hummus; other uses include starch, medicine and fodder

Native to:

Afghanistan, Albania, Altay, Bulgaria, Canary Is., Cyprus, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Kriti, Lebanon-Syria, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, North Caucasus, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tadzhikistan, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, West Himalaya, Xinjiang

Introduced into:

Alabama, Algeria, Andaman Is., Angola, Assam, Austria, Baltic States, Bangladesh, Belarus, Central European Rus, China North-Central, Colombia, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, East Himalaya, Ecuador, Fiji, France, Great Britain, India, Inner Mongolia, Italy, Jawa, Kenya, Krym, Libya, Madeira, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico Southwest, Myanmar, Nauru, New Guinea, New York, North European Russi, Peru, Puerto Rico, Qinghai, Queensland, Somalia, South Australia, South European Russi, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tanzania, Trinidad-Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Vermont, West Siberia, Yemen, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Cicer L. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Sp. Pl.: 738 (1753)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 327 (1754).
  • M.G. Popov in Bull. Appl. Bot. Gen. Pl. Breed. 21: 3–240 (1929).
  • Sp. Pl.: 738 (1753)
  • van der Maesen in Meded. Landbouwhoogeschool 72, part10: 1–342 (1972).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 327 (1754)
  • M. G. Popov in Bull. Appl. Bot. Gen. Pl. Breed. 21: 3–240 (1929)
  • Sp. Pl.: 738 (1753)

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