The purpose of this work was to characterize morphologically seventeen previously selected pigeon-pea lines that went, after selection, through processes of self pollination, selection and multiplication, to obtain pure lines. It also had the objectives of checking the efficiency of the descriptors and describing its vegetative cycle. It was possible to perform the description and to conclude that the seventeen lines have distinct characteristics and can easily be identified by these traits. The used descriptors could properly perform this task and it was concluded that they can be simplified. The seeds of the commercial lines used in this work had mechanical mixture.
botanical description; evaluation; tropical forage