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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 738. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
General/Distribution: A genus with about 38 species, distributed from Morocco to Tibet; represented in Pakistan by 4 species, including a cultivated species.


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Perennial or annual, erect or prostrate herbs or undershrubs. Leaf mostly pinnately compound, terminal leaflet sometimes modified into a tendril, or spine; leaflets dentate; stipules foliaceous, toothed or divided or spiny, stipels absent. Inflorescence axillary, solitary or few flowered, bracts small, bracteoles absent. Calyx tube oblique or gibbous, lobes subequal. Vexillum narrowed into a broad claw, appendages absent. Stamens diadelphous, 9+1, vexillary stamen free, anthers uniform. Ovary 2-few-ovuled, style not bearded, stigma terminal. Fruit sessile, oblong to ellipsoid to linear-oblong, inflated. Seed irregular ovoid.

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1 Leaf paripinnately compound (2)
+ Leaf imparipinnately compound Cicer arietinum
2 (1) Leaf rachis ending in a tendril (3)
+ Leaf rachis ending in a spine
3 (2) Leaflets narrowly cuneate or cuneate-obovate, upper half of margin incised dentate Cicer microphyllum
+ Leaflets ovate or ovate-elliptic, margin dentate except near the base Cicer nuristanicum
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