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Stages of Development in Lentil

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 October 2008

W. Erskine
International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), PO Box 5466, Aleppo, Syria
F. J. Muehlbauer
USDA-ARS Grain Legume Genetics and Physiology Research, 215 Johnson Hall, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-6421, USA
R. W. Short
USDA-ARS Grain Legume Genetics and Physiology Research, 215 Johnson Hall, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-6421, USA


Uniform descriptions of developmental stages in crops improve communication among producers, researchers and others. This paper gives a uniform system for the description of the developmental stages of lentil that we believe is not only universally applicable to all growing environments (field or greenhouse) and to divergent cultivars, but also useful for single plants or communities of plants. Vegetative and reproductive development are described separately. Vegetative growth stages are described by counting nodes on the main stem and continuing the count up the basal primary branch to include the highest fully developed leaf. Reproductive stages Rl and R2 are based on flowering, R3 to R6 on pod and seed development, and R7 and R8 on maturation.

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1990

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