Economic Botany

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 177–190 | Cite as

Vicia johannis and wild relatives of the faba bean: a taxonomic study

  • A. N. E. Birch
  • M. T. Tithecott
  • F. A. Bisby


Preliminary taxonomic and agronomic investigation was made of close relatives of the faba bean (Vicia faba) to aid future plant breeding. Cluster analysis of 2 yr’s morphometric data showed thatV. johannis is clearly separable from other members of theV. narbonensis complex. AlsoV. faba was much more distinct from eitherV. narbonensis orV. johannis than they are from each other. Petal colours at anthesis provided a rapid method of field identification forV. faba, V. narbonensis, andV. johannis. The 2 varieties ofV. johannis can also be distinguished by their petal colours: var. procumbens shows a marked colour change at anthesis and var. johannis does not. The geographical distribution of the plant material studied suggests thatV. johannis is found in Turkey and Europe despite being omitted from the major published floras. BothV. johannis andV. narbonensis possess agronomically useful characters of importance to faba bean breeders, including increased frost tolerance and resistance to bothAphis fabae andBotrytis fabae.


Economic Botany Faba Bean Background Colour Similarity Threshold Frost Tolerance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. N. E. Birch
    • 1
  • M. T. Tithecott
    • 1
  • F. A. Bisby
    • 1
  1. 1.Biology Department, Building 44, University, Southampton SO9 5NHU.K.

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