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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Fabales

Familia: Fabaceae
Subfamilia: Faboideae
Tribus: Fabeae
Genus: Lens
Species: L. culinaris – L. ervoides – L. himalayensis – L. lamottei – L. nigricans

Lens Mill.,
Note: See Hassler cf. Govaerts et al. The synonymy in Govaerts is not universally accepted. Do not redirect species either.

Hassler, M. 2020. Lens. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2020. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Dec. 1. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Lens in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Dec. 1. Reference page.

Vernacular names
беларуская: Сачавіца
English: Lentil
suomi: Linssit
русский: Чечевица

Lens is a genus of flowering plant in 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.

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]


L. nigricans


L. ervoides


L. lamottei

L. odemensis (L. culinaris subsp. odemensis)


L. tomotosus (L. culinaris subsp. tomotosus)

L. orientalis (L. culinaris subsp. orientalis)

L. culinaris (L. culinaris subsp. culinaris)


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

ILDIS Version 6.05
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.

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