Lathyrus cicera, a dicot, is an annual herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild. Taxonomic Notes: Lathyrus cicera L. belongs to Lathyrus section and is a secondary wild relative of L. sativus L., the cultivated grass pea (Yunus and Jackson. Reference for: Lathyrus cicera. Source: The PLANTS Database, database ( version ). Acquired: Notes: National Plant Data Center, NRCS, USDA.

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An easily grown plant, succeeding in any moderately good garden soil but preferring a position in full sun[]. Plants are cultivated in southern Europe lxthyrus their edible seed[61].

Closely related to L. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these ciceera form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[].

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Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in early spring in a cold frame[]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. If you have sufficient seed, then it can also be sown in situ in mid spring[]. Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section.

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To leave a comment please Register or login here All comments lathyrud to be approved so will not appear immediately. You will receive a range of benefits including: You can unsubscribe at anytime. Lathyrus cicera – L. The seed of some species in this genus contain a toxic amino acid that can cause cidera severe disease of the nervous system known as ‘lathyrism’ if they are eaten in large amounts although small quantities are said to be nutritious [65, 76].

Great caution ciceera advised. Habitats Fields and cultivated places[89]. Range Europe – Mediterranean. You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box.

The species is hermaphrodite has both male and female organs and is pollinated by Insects. It can fix Nitrogen. It cannot grow in the shade.

It prefers moist soil. QR Code What’s this? Some information cannot be used for commercial reasons or be modified but some can. Please civera the copyright link for more information. Chickling Vetch, Red pea. The seed and possibly the whole plant? Fields and cultivated places[89].