Pisum sativum

Wild pea                                                                                        Μπιζέλι, αράκας

Leguminaceae - pea family                                                                              Dicot.


Pisum sativum with it's bright pink and purple flowers are found scrambling through the vegetation with it's long stems and twining tendrils. It is easily recognizable as a member of the pea flower closely resembling the domestic pea which is thought to be one of the oldest cultivated vegetables in the world.

There is a pronounced leaf like stipule which encircles the stem, like an Elizabethan collar, at the node where the leaf and flower stalks branch out from the long branching stem. The leaves have 3 pairs of leaflets and terminate in a twisting branched tendrils which entwine grass stalks.

The flowers have green sepals and pink standards and deep purple wing and keel petals. The flowers are followed by typical green pea pods.

3cm 50-150cm.                                                                                                        JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

Pisum sativum

The domestic version of this pea is the one chosen by Mendel, the father of genetics for his famous experiments, fortunately for Mendel, the pea has a simple genetic code.

First breeding pure lines of pea with consistent and recognisable characteristics and then cross breading them, Mendel worked out the laws of dominant and recessive genes.

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