>Has anyone come across the term "basal culm" in discussions of rice
>morphology? Today's author uses it liberally, but I cannot find any
>reference to it on Alta Vista or in my Manual of Australian Agriculture. I
>began suspecting that the author meant "base of culm", but he later uses it
>in expressions such as "Culm type index, ratoon number, and basal culm
>vigor had high heritability." AFAIK, rice culms are like other grass culms
>and are indistinguishable. But maybe they didn't teach us in Ag that rice
>has a basal culm and lots of higher ones.
I've only heard "basal culm" used in reference to those few Gramineae
members with culms that thicken basally into corms, never in reference to
rice culms. Does anyone have additional information that might enlighten me
and the questioner above?
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