Botanical descriptions of varieties

As part of the procedure of testing varieties for distinctness, uniformity and stability, botanical descriptions are compiled. These are used by crop inspectors to identify varieties.

Summary description sheets (also known as the coloured sheets) of the most widely grown varieties are made available to licensed crop inspectors each season and are updated every spring (please check the date on the sheet). The most current descriptions sheets can be downloaded here:

Altenatively download the individual variety descriptions for the following crop types:

If a description, other than any found above, is needed for inspecting a seed crop in England and Wales contact NIAB's Seed Certification Team at seedcert [at]