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Plant Fact Sheets about Legumes from Food Plants International.



  1. Some 3 billion people in the world live outside the cash economy in the world’s poorest nations. Food security and regular supply are their daily concerns. Chronic malnutrition is a leading cause of death and disease for them. Young children are amongst the most affected. One child every 5-10...
  2. Key Resource Legumes Edible parts - Gum, Leaves - tea An evergreen tree. It grows to 15 m high with a spread of 5 m across. The stem is green and angled. The young branches arewinged. The leaves (phyllodes) are dark green and are divided into secondary leaflets. They have a appearance like a feather.The...
  3. Key Resource Legumes Edible parts - Leaves A shrub or small tree. It grows 5 m tall. There are prickles along the stem. The leaves are twice divided and there are 8-18 pairsof pinnae. There are up to 50 pairs of pinnules on each pinnae. The flowers are yellow. They are in large clusters at the ends of...
  4. Legumes Edible parts -Fruit, Leaves, Shoots, Pods, Seeds, Gum, Vegetable A herb. It is an upright bushy plant often only 1 m high. Some kinds grow 3 m high. The branches are stiff and usually withwhite hairs. The branches stick upwards and are angled and with grooves. The leaves are produced...
  5. Legumes Edible parts -Seeds, Leaves, Spice, Vegetable A small erect bean up to 60 cm tall. It grows each year from seed. Straggling kinds can occur. Stems, leaves and pods aresoftly hairy. The leaves have 3 leaflets. The leaflets have stalks. Flowers are small and white or blue. They occur in...
  6. Legumes/vegetable Edible parts -Seeds, Pods, Leaves, Vegetable A short lived herb plant. A creeping plant with white or pink flowers. Plants can be 30 cm to 150 cm tall. It has a well developedtap root and many slender side roots. The stem is weak and round. Leaves are made up of 1-3 pairs of...
  7. Legumes/vegetable Edible parts -Seeds, Pods, Leaves, Flowers, Roots, Vegetable A climbing perennial bean up to 3 or 4 m tall. It can re-grow each year from the fattened roots. The stems twine around supportsor trail over the ground. The leaves have 3 leaflets. The leaf stalks are long. The...
  8. Legumes/vegetable Edible parts -Seeds, Leaves, Tubers, Root, Pods, Vegetable A vigorous climbing vine. It is a herb that grows 1.5-2 m high. The leaves have 3 leaflets. They are 14 cm long and 5 cm wide. The flowers are pink, purple or greenish-white. They are 2.5 cm long. They are on stout...
  9. Legumes/vegetables Edible parts -Pods, Fruit, Seeds, Tubers, Root, Stems - gum, Vegetable A trailing or climbing plant. It is evergreen and shrubby. It can be 6 m long. It has a large tuberous root. This can be to a depthof 2.5 m. Young plant parts have rusty coloured hairs. The leaves are simple...
  10. Legumes Edible parts -Seeds, Leaves, Pods, Vegetable, Nuts An annual plant. It can either form a bunchy bush or be a trailing plant. Often the creeping stems are near ground level. It oftenappears as if bunched leaves arise from branched stems near ground level. It has a well developed taproot....
  11. Legumes/vegetable Edible parts -Seeds, Leaves, Pods, Vegetable A climbing bean with long pods. The vines can be 3 m long. They normally twine around sticks. Dwarf kinds also occur.Leaves have 3 leaflets. The leaflets are oval and side leaflets are at an angle. Leaflets can be 2-16 cm long by 1-12...