Cicer L.

Cicer is a genus of 44 species, mostly native in Central and western Asia. One species, Cicer arietinum, is an economically important crop (chick pea) and is more or less widely cultivated (but predominantly in warmer areas).


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Kupicha F.K. (1977) The delimitation of the tribe Vicieae (Leguminosae) and the relationships of Cicer L. Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 74(2): 131-162.

Sammour R.H. (1991) Systematic position of the genus Cicer L. (Fabaceae) from data on DNA/DNA hybridization. Folia Geobot. Phytotax. 26(1): 95-100.

Sharifnia F., Farhani T. & Salimpour F. (2006) Micro-macromorphological study of the genus Cicer L. (Fabaceae) in Iran. Iranian J. Bot. 12(2): 147-162.

Van der Maesen L.J.G. (1972) Cicer L., a monograph of the genus, with special reference to the chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) in ecology and cultivation. Meded. Landbouw Hogesch. Wageningen 72-10: 342 pp

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