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Common name

English: Chickpea

German: Kichererbse

Portuguese: Grão-de-bico


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Fabales (241)

        Family: Fabaceae (241)(family description)

          Genus: Cicer (1)

            Epithet: arietinum L. (1)

Synonyms: Cicer edessanum Bornm., Cicer grossum Salisb., Cicer physodes Rchb., Cicer rotundum Alef., Cicer sativum Schkuhr, Cicer sintenisii Bornm., Ononis crotalarioides M.E.Jones

arietinum => similar to a ram's head

crotalarioides => resembling Crotalaria

edessanum => from Edessa, city in northern Greece

grossum => large

physodes => bladder-like

rotundum => round

sativum => sown, planted, cultivated, not wild

sintenisii => in honor of Paul Ernst Emil Sintenis (1847-1907), German botanist, pharmacist and plant collector


Climate: tropical

Habit: herb

Flower colour: pink, white

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