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Field Pea

Scientific Name
Pisum sativum
Scientific Author
Linnaeus, C (1753)
Taxonomy
(Magnoliophyta: Magnoliopsida: Fabales: Fabaceae)
Reliability
High
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Picture: Seed(s)

Description:

Seed Colour: Variable - white to brown, Variable - yellow/orange/purple

Seed Length: 4 - 7mm

Seed Sculpture: Smooth

Seed Shape: Round

Peas are spherical seeds that grow in a pod. Green peas are the immature seeds. Dried peas are the mature seeds. Removing the thin shell coat from the whole mature seeds produces split peas

A variable species. Seeds at maturity can be spherical or angled, wrinkle or smooth and lacking in nutritive tissue.

Green, grey or brown seeds can also occur, sometimes in possession of a mottled pattern

Different forms: Whole seeds (fresh or dried); split peas (yellow and green)

General comments: Split peas may look similar to lentils. Lentils have an even curve on each side of the side whilst split peas have a curve on one side and are flat on the other side The ornamental flower Sweet Pea is a member of the subfamily Faboidae also but belongs to a different genus, Lathyrus spp.
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Author
Clare McLellan
Created
25/10/2011 12:31 AEST
Last Updated
15/01/2013 15:11 AEST
Citation
Clare McLellan (2011) Field Pea (Pisum sativum ) Updated on 1/15/2013 3:11:34 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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