Pea Database Collaboration Project/Parsley Pea

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Parsley Pea tendrils converted to frilly leaflets

[The "Original"] Parsley Pea

Other Parsley Types

  • Crop: Dried Pea
  • Latin name: Pisum sativum
  • Origin: unknown
  • Pod Color: green
  • Seeds: Round, white
  • Flowers:
  • Traits & Loci: Recessive alleles at multiple loci. Recessive tendril-less gene (tl) & Recessive hyper-tendril / semi-leafless gene (af).
  • Linkage Group: Multiple loci (Chromosome 1 & Chromosome 5)
  • JIC Genotype: &
  • Vine Height: Short, 2 ft (0.75 M)??
  • Hardness: Average
  • Notable Traits: Grasping tendrils converted to [extra] leaflets in conjunction with [all] leaflets converted to tendrils.
  • Maturity: Average
  • Genebank Accessions: unknown
  • Known Supplier(s):


Plants are short, floppy and do not climb because of lack of tendrils; stems are brittle and tend to break in heavy rains. Plants can be supported by a California Weave arrangement of strings.

Parsley foliage result from recessive alleles at two different genetic loci. It combines the recessive trait for hyper-tendrils / semi-leafless with the recessive trait for all tendrils converted into leaflets. The first trait makes extra tendrils, the second trait masks the first by making all the tendrils tiny little leaves. Parsley-leaved foliage has seen some popularity as an edible green. So named because the tendrils that have been converted into small leaflets resemble the appearance of parsley.

Note that because of the stacked recessives in this line, any out-crossing would be immediately obvious in the F1 (with loss of the distinctive foliage).



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