3853.000 Lens Mill.

Description of the genus

Erect or spreading annual herbs. Leaves usually paripinnate, the rhachis terminating in a simple or rarely a branched tendril, or an awn, rarely imparipinnate; leaflets 2–several on each side of the rhachis, opposite or alternate, entire, folded flat lengthwise in bud; stipules linear to ovate. Inflorescences axillary, few-flowered, racemose or flowers solitary; bracts small, deciduous; bracteoles absent. Calyx 5-lobed, lobes subequal, subulate, at least twice as long as the tube; corolla small, white, bluish or violet; standard obovate to almost round, cuneate to the base; wings oblong or obovate, adnate to the keel; keel shorter than the wings. Ovary subsessile, 2-ovuled. Fruit pod strongly compressed, 1–2-seeded. Seeds lenticular, compressed.

Worldwide: 5 species in Mediterranean and western Asia, one species in Uganda/Ethiopia.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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culinaris Medik. subsp. culinaris

Other sources of information about Lens:

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Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Lens

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lens
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Lens
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lens
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Lens
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Lens
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lens
JSTOR Plant Science: Lens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lens
Plants of the World Online: Lens
Tropicos: Lens
Wikipedia: Lens

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Lens.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1860, retrieved 22 April 2024

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