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Lens culinaris subsp. culinaris
Synonyms: L. esculenta; Cicer lens; Ervum lens

Common Name(s): Lentil
Family: Fabaceae
Growth Habit: Annual
Growing Days: 70 to 240 (days)
Abs.Max=90° (F)    Opt.Max=84° (F)
Opt.Min=59° (F)    Abs.Min=41° (F)
Precipitation: 24 to 39 (in.)
Winter Minimum:
Soil pH: 4.5 to 8
Soil Texture/Type: Best on clay, but wide range
Soil Drainage: Well
Photoperiod Response: Long day and day neutral
Light Intensity: Bright
Tolerant to drought, but no waterlogging tolerance. Moderate salinity tolerance.
Pythium, Sclerotinia, Rhizoctonia
Food - pulse, Animal Food - fodder, Food - vegetable, Environ. - soil improver
Tropical-rainy, dry climate, temperate, subtropical
Geographical Origin:
Widely cultivated
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