Grass Pea

Grass Pea

Scientific name: Lathyrus sativus L.

Bangla/Local name: ‘Kheshari’

Taxonomic Position (according to Cronquist)

Kingdom : Plantae
Division : Magnoliophyta
Class  :Magnoliopsida
Subclass : Rosidae
Order   : Fabales
Family : Fabacaeae
Genus : Lathyrus
Species : sativus

Botanical Description of Grass pea

Habit: Annual herb.

Root: Well developed tap-root having bacterial nodules, much branched.

Stem: Winged.

Leaf: Alternate, even pinnate, rachis ending one to three delicate tendrils,leaflets two to fours.

Flower: Paplionaceous, axillary,solitary,peduncles three to six centimeter long.

Fruit: Pod,oblong and flattened.

Economic Importance: Grass pea is one of the cheapest pulses. It is grown as fodder. The leaves are also eaten as vegetable. The seeds contain about 28% protein.It is said that continuous use of this pulse may cause lathyrism in human and animal, due to the presence of toxic substances. This can be overcome by soaking the seeds overnight in water and discarding the water before cooking.

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