Lens (plant)

Lens is a genus of the legume family mostly known for its edible seeds, which are referred to as lentils. Lens contains four species of small, erect or climbing herbs with pinnate leaves, small inconspicuous white flowers, and small flattened pods. The lentil most commonly eaten is the seed of Lens culinaris.

Lens
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Lens culinaris
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Lens

Species [1]
Synonyms
  • Lentilla W. Wight ex D. Fairchild

PhylogenyEdit

The genus Lens is generally divided into a few related "gene pool" groups that guide crossing. Wong et al., 2015 reports a SNP-derived phylogeny as:[2]

Lens

L. nigricans

Quaternary

L. ervoides

Tertiary

L. lamottei

L. odemensis (L. culinaris subsp. odemensis)

Secondary

L. tomotosus (L. culinaris subsp. tomotosus)

L. orientalis (L. culinaris subsp. orientalis)

L. culinaaris (L. culinaris subsp. culinaaris)

Primary

The non-accepted names (per ILDIS) are suffixed with their accepted counterparts.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ILDIS Version 6.05
  2. ^ Wong, Melissa M. L.; Gujaria-Verma, Neha; Ramsay, Larissa; Yuan, Hai Ying; Caron, Carolyn; Diapari, Marwan; Vandenberg, Albert; Bett, Kirstin E. (27 March 2015). "Classification and Characterization of Species within the Genus Lens Using Genotyping-by-Sequencing (GBS)". PLOS ONE. 10 (3): e0122025. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0122025.