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Agronomy Journal Abstract -

Key ot Several Small Seeded Legumes for Use in a Student Laboratory Exercise1


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  1. Vol. 62 No. 5, p. 686-688
    Received: Jan 24, 1970

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  1. Dwane G. Miller and
  2. Clarence Manning2



A dichotomous key using descriptive terms based primarily upon early structural development of leaflets and general leaf morphology has been designed to combine simplicity and precision. Because leaflet characteristics are relatively similar over environments, they serve as a reliable criteria for description without much deviation and allow a wide use of the key throughout the United States. The simple, concise format of the key is an advantage for use by persons with differing levels of knowledge about legumes. The descriptions in the key are organized to serve basically as an aid to legume identification in beginning agronomy or plant science courses. Because use of the key requires fresh growing plants, it eliminates the need for looking at dry mounted plants which are less than satisfactory for plant identification under most circumstances.

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