Lathyrus cicera L.

First published in Sp. Pl.: 730 (1753)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is S. Central & E. Europe to Medit. and Pakistan. It is a scrambling annual and grows primarily in the temperate biome.

Descriptions

Extinction risk predictions for the world's flowering plants to support their conservation (2024). Bachman, S.P., Brown, M.J.M., Leão, T.C.C., Lughadha, E.N., Walker, B.E. https://nph.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nph.19592

Conservation
Predicted extinction risk: not threatened. Confidence: confident
[AERP]

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/174708/19407110

Conservation
LC - least concern
[IUCN]

Seed Collecting Guide. RBG Kew (2013-2016)

Morphology General Habit
Annual herbs, 10-30 cm tall, vegetative parts glabrous
Morphology Stem
stems narrowly winged
Morphology Leaves Stipules
stipules 10-20 mm long, ovate to lanceolate, base semi-sagittate
Morphology Leaves
leaflets 1-paired, linear to linear-lanceolate in upper leaves, oblong-elliptic in lower leaves, 15-95 mm long by 1- 9 mm wide, median and upper leaves with simple or branched tendrils. peduncles about 1/2 length of leaf, often articulated between centre and apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
flowers solitary, 8- 10 mm long; calyx 7-9 mm long, lobes lanceolate, apex acuminate, 2-3 times as long as tube; corolla reddish, occasionally pink, standard obovate, tapering at the base, longer than wings and keel
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
pods sessile, oblong, 25-40 mm long by 8-10 mm wide, glabrous, inflated at the upper suture, apex beaked­ attenuate, upper suture flattened and with 2 narrow keels
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
2-6 per fruit, testa smooth, 5-6 mm across.
Ecology
shrublands and grasslands, often as a weed. altitude 5 - 2000 m
Distribution
Southern Europe, North Africa, Northern Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus.
Conservation
Near endangered
Phenology
Flower (march-may), fruit (no data)
[SCG]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Mediterranean grasslands., Mediterranean bushland & thicket
Morphology General Habit
Annual, Climbing/Not climbing, Herb
Vernacular
China Nutovaya
[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Insufficiently known
Morphology General Habit
Annual, Climbing, Herb
[ILDIS]

Uses

Use
Environmental, Food and Drink, Forage, Medicine, Toxins, Weed
[ILDIS]

Sources

  • Angiosperm Extinction Risk Predictions v1

    • Angiosperm Threat Predictions
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    • Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
  • IUCN Categories

    • IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • International Legume Database and Information Service

    • International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Science Photographs

    • Copyright applied to individual images
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    • Seed Collection Guides
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0