Other Names:Red Lentil
Summary:A weak stemmed, annual, grain legume with many paired leaflets and small white to mauve flowers.
First leaves:Single pair. Leaflets club shaped with an in indented tip. Hairless. Short tendril at the end of the leaf.
Leaves:1-7 pairs of leaflets
Stems:Weak, semi erect, up to 500 mm tall, many branched.
Flower head:In clusters of 2-3 flowers in leaf axils.
Flowers:Small, white to mauve, pea type.
Fruit:Flattened pod that drops the seed when ripe.
Seeds:1-2 seeds per pod.
Roots:Taproot with nitrogen fixing nodules.
Key Characters:Leaves with 1-7 pairs of leaflets
Physiology:Forms an association with soil Rhizobia in root nodules to fix atmospheric nitrogen.
Seed Biology and Germination:Vegetative Propagules:
Hybrids:There are two common types, the Red Lentil and the Green Lentil
Allelopathy:Population Dynamics and Dispersal:
Origin and History:Distribution:
Soil:Prefers loamy to heavy alkaline soils.
Detrimental:Weed of following crops
Toxicity:Not recorded as toxic.
Management and Control:When grown as a crop they are very sensitive to sulfonyl urea herbicides and their residues. This is a particular problem on alkaline soils. A soil residue of 5% of the application rate of chlorsulfuron can severely damage lentils. This means the replanting interval for Lentils is at least 6 half lives.
Herbicide resistance:Biological Control:
Plants of similar appearance:Chickpeas.
References:Moerkerk. M.R. and Barnett. A.G. (1998) More Crop Weeds (R.G. and F.J. Richardson, Victoria). P83.