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Black Gram Bean

Black gram is an erect, 1 m tall, nitrogen-fixing, drought-tolerant annual plant grown for the dry beans. The bean seed is used whole, split, husked, fermented, sprouted or ground into flour, which when combined with rice fl...

Adzuki Bean

Adzuki bean is a bushing or vining, nitrogen-fixing annual plant that is moderately drought tolerant. This bean grows best in temperate climates or higher altitudes in the tropics. The young pods, fresh seeds, and dry beans ...

Hairy Vetch

Native to Europe or western Asia, Vicia villosa is suited to cooler climates. It is a viny legume with long soft hairs on the stems and leaves. Branching stems/vines are prostrate (30-70 cm), but can climb (up to 1-2 m) the ...

Fava Bean

Vicia faba is an annual herbaceous plant in the legume family, usually considered to contain three subspecies: V. faba subsp. major (broad bean), V. faba subsp. equina (horse bean), and V. faba subsp. minor (tick bean or pig...

White Clover

White clover is a low, spreading nitrogen-fixing perennial that provides nutritious forage and is usually grown in grass/legume pasture systems. It can also be used as a green manure or cover crop.

Crimson Clover

Crimson clover is a temperate, annual, nitrogen-fixing plant that can grow to 1 m in height. This clover is grown for seed, hay, silage, pasture for most livestock, and soil improvement. It is widely grown as a winter crop t...

Mexican Sunflower

A shrub with large green leaves and dark orange flowers. Plant height is shorter than T. diversifolia. It is often introduced for its attractive flowers and it grows about 1m tall. It grows in most soils and is moderately re...

Mexican Sunflower

Mexican sunflower is a woody perennial with showy yellow flowers growing to 3 m in height. It can be used as an ornamental, a hedge, a compost ingredient, a fodder, a green manure, and a soil erosion control. Mexican sunflow...

New Zealand Spinach

New Zealand Spinach is a vining herbaceous plant grown for the young succulent leaves and stem tips. It is an excellent hot weather leafy green. Its growth habit is low and sprawling, reaching 30-40 cm in height and 100-125 ...

Fish Bean

Fish bean is a short-lived perennial, semi-woody nitrogen-fixing plant that grows up to 3 m in height. It is used for green manure, erosion control, and mulch. It is known to contain rotenoids and can be used as an insectici...

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