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Genus Pisum Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae

Description: Climbing or prostrate annual or perennial herb.

Leaves imparipinnate, terminal leaflet modified to a tendril or bristle; stipules leafy.

Inflorescences axillary, racemes or flowers solitary; bracts caducous; bracteoles absent. Calyx teeth deeply 5-toothed, ± equal. Standard clawed; wings joined to middle of keel; keel incurved. Stamens diadelphous; anthers uniform. Ovary sessile, ovules few; style inflexed, dilated at apex, margins recurved, hairy on the upper, inner surface; stigma capitate.

Pod inflated, compressed, dehiscent; seeds ± globose.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 6 species, Mediterranean & western Asia. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

The Sweet Pea, L. odorarus L., is commonly cultivated as an ornamental.

Text by C. Gardner
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Pisum sativum

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